The Go Ultra Low campaign released figures on registrations of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles today and they are looking good. In fact, the overall number of PEVs has risen each and every month this year, with one being registered every 9 minutes in the UK.
In numbers this makes for 28,054 registered plug-in vehicles in the first half of 2018, a 25 per cent increase on the same period in 2017, that was the most successful year for the plug-in car market – until now.
2018 is clearly shaping up to reach record highs. Plug-in vehicle registrations increased by 10 percent between Q1 and Q2 alone and now stand at 161,409 pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered to date.
In 2018, plug-in hybrids delivered the highest volume of registrations, with more than 21,000 having arrived in the UK so far. That is a a 40 per cent increase on 2017.
In the all-electric vehicle segment, the “British-built” Nissan Leaf remains in the lead. A further 1,501 units were sold in Q2, taking the total number of 2018 Leaf registrations to 3,511.
The growth is driven largely by London, namely the South East, 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 mobility movement, with the South West (4,003), West Midlands (3,890), East Anglia (2,487) and Yorkshire (1,941) rounding out the top 5, according to Go Ultra Low.
On a national scale, these figures come in the wake of the British government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy. While the paper affirms the ban of all sales of combustion engine vehicles by 2040, the Tory party averted calls that asked to move said target forward. There is a new a mid-term goal however. By 2030, at least half of all newly registered cars and 40 percent of new vans must classify as “ultra low emission” reportedly.