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Almost 52,000 alternatively fuelled vehicles, (AFVs) were registered last year according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This figure includes hybrid and pure electric cars. It shows a 58% rise, year on year.

The Guardian reports that sales of plug-in cars increased from 3,586 in 2013 to 14,498 in 2014, with over 20 plug-in models on the market. Indeed, each of the 10 best-selling car brands in the UK now offers an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle, (ULEV). In 2011, there were just six models.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders explained: “The year was particularly strong for alternatively fuelled vehicles as increased choice, coupled with a growing desire for reduced costs and greater efficiency, resulted in a quadrupling of plug-in car registrations over 2013.”

He added: “With a variety of new plug-in models expected in 2015, this area of the market will continue to grow significantly. For the market as a whole, we expect a more stable 2015 as demand levels off.”

Choice is undoubtedly one contributory factor. Incentive is another.

The government intends the UK to be the global leader in developing, manufacturing and using ULEVs. It aims for every new car registration to fall within this category of vehicle by 2040.

To achieve this take-up, two aspects of driving Electric Vehicles need to be addressed: cost and confidence.

The government’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign has raised awareness and offered assistance when it comes to switching to driving ‘green’.

Nick Clegg launched Go Ultra Low early last year, announcing a £500 million investment in the UK’s Electric vehicle market during 2015, (see our news item).

He said: “The extremely low running costs of these cars help drivers save money. Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.”

To find out more about the incentives and choices available when switching to an ULEV, talk to the team at EValu8.

 

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