Figures released today by Go Ultra Low reveal that the overall number of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles registered has risen every month so far this year, with one being registered every 9 minutes in the UK. The first half of 2018 saw 28,054 registered to drivers, a 25% increase on the same period in 2017 – which was the most successful year-to-date for the plug-in car market.
These figures come at the same time as the government has launched its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, which sets out new proposals to enable the deployment of thousands of new chargepoints.
Plug-in hybrids delivered the highest volume of registrations, with more than 21,000 having arrived on UK roads in 2018 so far. The Nissan LEAF continues to be the most popular pure electric car. A further 1,501 took to the roads in Q2, taking the total number of new LEAF registrations in 2018 to 3,511.
The total number of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered to date is 161,409.
Driven largely by London, the South East is the region where new registrations have been highest; 9,880 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were registered here in the first six months of this year, 36% of the total number.
Other regions are also joining the electric vehicle movement, with the South West (4,003), West Midlands (3,890), East Anglia (2,487) and Yorkshire (1,941) rounding out the top 5.
The UK governments target is for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.