Strong start to 2016 for electric car sales

Sales of vehicles eligible for the UK Government’s Plug-in Car Grant (PiGC) have started the year strongly, taking 1.3 per cent of the overall market – the joint second highest market share ever. This is according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today (Thursday 4th February).

There have been 2,176 PiCG eligible vehicles registered in January 2016, a 26.9 per cent rise compared with the same period last year. Of these 584 were pure electric vehicles (EVs), seeing a 14.1 per cent increase, while plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) increased sales almost by a third at 32.3 per cent. Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 49,866 eligible cars registered.

Plug-in registrations January 2016 (Image: SMMT)

Plug-in registrations January 2016 (Image: SMMT)

The Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle (AFV) market, which includes models such as conventional hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, saw 6,075 registrations in January which also represents a significant increase of 32.1 per cent against January 2015.

The AFV market share now sits at 3.6 per cent of the total 169,678 vehicles registered in January – itself an increase of 2.9 per cent – an improvement over last year’s 2.8 per cent.

Source: Next Green Car

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