The first three months of 2016 were the best-ever period for electric car sales, while March recorded the single highest monthly sales figures

The UK electric car market reached a record high in the first three months of 2016, with the strongest figures recorded since the government’s plug-in car grant was introduced in 2011.

A total of 10,496 electric cars were sold in the first quarter of this year, according to analysis from Go Ultra Low and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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A new structure to the plug-in grant came into effect on 1 March, with the maximum amount for the grant reducing from £5000 to £4500.

Despite this reduction in discount, March 2016 was the strongest-ever month for electric car sales in the UK. with 7144 vehicles sold. The previous high was 6104 in March 2015.

Go Ultra Low said the figures aren't so surprising, as March and September are traditionally strong months because buyers want to take advantage of the new registration plates introduced then.

Electric car vehicle purchases using the plug-in car grant have now surpassed 58,000 units, which is nearly triple the amount of cars that were registered at the start of last year.

Last year was a particularly strong year for electric cars, with a huge 386% year-on-year rise in registrations, and the figures from the first three months of 2016 are a 23% improvement on that.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “These record figures show that hundreds of people every week are coming round to the fact that plug-in cars are cleaner, greener and cheaper to run.

“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low-emission by 2040.”

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14 April 2016
to see these sales in the context of the total market. Suspect that wasn't given to hide the fact that VERY few people are switching to electric cars.

14 April 2016
These statistics show the every massive increases month on month in the sales percentage of the Plug-in. Yes the actually nr of units is still low'ish but it's come from virtually 0% 4 years ago. If petrol prices continue to go up like they have in the last couple of months then expect a sales explosion when new models come out over the next couple of years. As a footnote 3 kilo's of hydrogen was sold in Swindon in March too! what a flop lol

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 April 2016
xxxx wrote:

These statistics show the every massive increases month on month in the sales percentage of the Plug-in. Yes the actually nr of units is still low'ish but it's come from virtually 0% 4 years ago. If petrol prices continue to go up like they have in the last couple of months then expect a sales explosion when new models come out over thenext couple of years. As a footnote 3 kilo's of hydrogen was sold in Swindon in March too! what a flop lol

Where is Swindon ?? lol - they still go by bicycle there which was considered an environmental success after they changed from horse (manure) and cart

what's life without imagination

14 April 2016
These figures are encouraging, but when the new Leaf, Tesla Model 3 and Vauxhall's version of the Bolt go properly on sale – surely much more compelling cars with better range – things should really hot up. Some manufacturers may suddenly find themselves short of suitable products.

14 April 2016
It would be interesting to see the EV sales leader board.

14 April 2016
...to 1.36% this year. Any other industry having government (taxpayer) subsidies for production, sales, and ongoing running costs of its products, would be a national scandal

14 April 2016
sierra wrote:

...to 1.36% this year. Any other industry having government (taxpayer) subsidies for production, sales, and ongoing running costs of its products, would be a national scandal

NHS subsidies the diesel car by paying for lung cancer treatment, I know which subsidiary I'd like to support with my Tax monies.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

14 April 2016
They only cause lung cancer cos the EU dint mandate the fitment of emissions equipment thats existed for 15 years and our government doesnt fully test diesel exhaust gasess like it does petrols.

14 April 2016
sierra wrote:

...to 1.36% this year. Any other industry having government (taxpayer) subsidies for production, sales, and ongoing running costs of its products, would be a national scandal

Like the £5.9 billion that goes into subsidising UK fossil fuel industries?

14 April 2016
Am seeing several different electric cars on the roads of the northwest now on a daily basis.

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