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The rise in new electric vehicle registrations

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Electric cars continue to grow in popularity in the UK according to the latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). They revealed that from April to June 2016 the registration of electric vehicles showed an impressive 38% growth compared to the same period in 2015.

Before this, March 2016 was the most successful month ever with 7,440 new vehicles registered. The figures show how quickly the sector is growing and the number of people who are choosing to make the switch. It is great news for the manufacturers, designers and the Government too. The latter is working hard to encourage people to switch to greener vehicles, including zero emission electric ones.

With the latest registrations the total number of electric vehicles in the UK sits just shy of 70,000 since the Plug-In Car Grant was revealed at the start of 2011. This is really good news and sets the trend for future years. The Government’s most optimistic aim is see every vehicle on Britain’s roads is zero emission by 2050.

The low emission vehicle sector in the UK currently supports over 18,000 motor trade jobs. With good performance in terms of registrations, strong developments in technology, and continued Government support the prospects for the future are very good. In fact if current trends continue or demand rises further it could even lead to the creation of new jobs.

Currently the Nissan LEAF is the most successful all electric vehicle on the market. The latest figures show that the Outlander PHEV from Mitsubishi was the top seller in the first half of 2016. It is an interesting vehicle because it is an SUV. This showcases how far electric technology has come and the fact that manufacturers are exploring new avenues of design.

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