Highest uptake on record for EVs, while recharging points primed to overtake petrol pumps by 2020
Latest figures show British motorists are choosing electric propulsion like never before, with year-to-date electric vehicle registrations up 31.8% compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile, Nissan has suggested that electric recharge stations will be more numerous than petrol pumps by 2020.
Released by Go Ultra Low, the figures show 19,252 EVs have been registered so far in 2016, with April-June marking the 22nd consecutive quarterly rise in electric car numbers.
Plug-in electric car registrations are also on the up, with 19,252 registered since January – 4,640 more than during the first half of 2015. This means around 70,000 PHEVs have been registered since the government introduced the Plug-In Grant in 2011.
Transport Minister John Hayes said: “I am delighted to see record numbers of motorists coming round to the benefits of cleaner, greener vehicles, which are also cheaper to run. We want to make the UK a world leader in electric vehicle uptake and manufacture, to ensure that by 2050 every car and van on our roads is a zero emission vehicle.”
UK electric car registrations (January 2011 – June 2016)
It was March that saw the biggest ever uptake in EV registrations, with 7,440 hitting the road in that month alone. It wasn’t all down to the number plate change either, with Go Ultra Low putting the continued growth down to people recognising the benefits of driving an EV.
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, commented: “As awareness grows and motorists see the wide variety of vehicles already on UK roads coupled with benefits such as running costs from as little as 2p per mile, more drivers than ever are becoming motivated to go green.”
The Plug-in that’s proving most popular is the practical Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, while pure-electric drivers are opting for the ever-popular Nissan Leaf – which remains the most popular EV, with 2,336 registered so far this year.
Pumping it up
Nissan, who has sold more electric vehicles than any other manufacturer, has stated that electric recharge points are likely are primed to overtake petrol pumps by 2020.
Last year, there were 8,472 fuel stations nationwide, compared to 37,539 in 1970. If this trend were to continue, there will be less than 7,870 by August 2020.
On the other hand, the number of EV charging stations is on the increase. Only a handful existed before 2011, but there’s now more than 4,100 across the UK. 98% of UK motorway services have charging stations, where rapid rechargers can replenish the Leaf’s battery to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.
Edward Jones, EV Manager of Nissan Motor GB, said: “As electric vehicle sales take off, the charging infrastructure is keeping pace and paving the way for convenient all-electric driving.”
“As with similar breakthrough technologies, the adoption of electric vehicles should follow an ‘S-curve’ of demand. A gradual uptake from early adopters accelerates to a groundswell of consumers buying electric vehicles just as they would any other powertrain.”