Sale of electric cars skyrockets in UK


Nearly twice as many as the number of electric cars being sold in the UK this year than a year ago, new figures show.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 34,021 pure-battery electric cars changed hands between July and September.

This was 99.9 per cent more than the same period a year ago.

Pure battery electrics took a record quarterly market share of 1.8 per cent.

The SMMT attributed the rise to an increase in the supply of electric cars.

Overall sales of used cars rose 5.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.9 million.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The used car market continues to grow strongly, with re-energised supply unlocking demand for pre-owned electric vehicles.

“The result is twice as many motorists switching to zero-emission motoring in the quarter.

“Maintaining this momentum requires growth in the new car market, to boost supply to the used sector and cement this success.

“Equally important is the urgent need for charging infrastructure rollout so that all drivers can have confidence in being able to charge whenever and wherever they need.

Alex Buttle, co-founder of used car marketplace, said.

“Used EV sales continued to skyrocket in Q3, with drivers looking to the used market instead of new, as a more affordable route into going electric.’’

“If the Government can continue to support the transition to electric with improved charging infrastructure and financial incentives for private car buyers as well as fleet users.

“Then used EV sales could soar even further ahead.’’


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