Electric vehicle market in the United Kingdom - Statistics & Facts

Alternatively fueled vehicles, including both pure and hybrid electric vehicles (commonly referred to as EV’s), are an unavoidable new aspect of the United Kingdom's automobile industry. Though vehicles of this type still account for a relatively small share of the new car market, figures have grown steadily in the past five years. Unsurprisingly, these years have also brought an increase in the necessary infrastructure. In 2018, there were 14,160 Normal Charge stations available.

Purchasing alternatively fueled vehicles is a growing trend among environmentally and economically-minded drivers. Government grants for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles contributed to accelerated purchasing of such automobiles. In the third quarter of 2018, the number of grant eligible plug-in cars registered in the UK surpassed 15 thousand. By comparison, electric plug-in cars newly registered in January 2019 numbered 1,334, more than half the amount of three years prior. However, petrol/electric hybrid cars also remained popular with customers, with 7,411 new registrations that same month.

Figures for other electric vehicles echoed this development. In the third quarter of 2018 there were 376 ultra-low emission buses and coaches sold, nearly one hundred more than in the same quarter one year previous. This time period also saw an additional 1,395 ultra-low emission motorcycles being registered, though numbers had been fluctuating over the past years.

The primary concern amongst consumers was the limited driving range of electric vehicles, while 22 percent cited lack of charging infrastructure as troublesome.

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