Electric and hybrid vehicle demand soars in the UK

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Electric and hybrid vehicle demand soars in the UK

Last year, demand for electric and hybrid vehicles rose by 48% and 133% respectively according to new motoring body data.

The figures, which were released by the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), showed an increase in new UK registrations of electric and hybrid vehicles.

A 94 per cent rise was noted in the number of new cars eligible for the governments Plug-in Car Grant scheme, from 14,532 in 2014 to 28,188 last year.

Zero and low emission vehicles still only make up a fraction of the overall market. However, demand for eco-friendly vehicles is outperforming the auto market in terms of growth. The auto market as a whole grew 6.3 percent, whereas demand for pure electric vehicles grew 48 per cent to nearly 10,000 vehicles and plug-in hybrids soared 133 per cent to over 18,000 vehicles.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said “Buyers took advantage of attractive finance deals and low inflation to secure some of the most innovative, high-tech and fuel efficient vehicles ever produced.”

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