The UK Electric Vehicle Industry - Statistics & Facts

Alternatively fuelled vehicles, including both pure and hybrid electric vehicles (EVs), are an unavoidable new aspect of the United Kingdom's automobile industry. Though vehicles of this type account for a relatively small share of the UK new car market, 1.4 percent of new cars in 2013, purchasing alternatively fuelled 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 second quarter of 2014, the number of such cars registered in the UK surpassed 10 thousand. Petrol-electric hybrid cars, which combine a petrol engine with a battery that is charged from the mains, were the most popular type of grant eligible car.

However, while electric vehicles are increasingly popular, they are unlikely to dominate the market overnight. During one survey, only one percent of British drivers were seriously considering buying an electric car or van any time soon. Despite the environmental benefits of such vehicles, and in spite of government grants, the high cost of these vehicles was still the main reason not to make the switch.

Aside from private cars, electric technology has been put to use in other vehicles with varying success. There has been a slow increase in the number of registered low-emission buses and coaches in the past few years, whereas the number of low-emission heavy goods vehicles has fallen quite dramatically.

As demand for environmentally friendly options increases and technology develops, we will undoubtedly see a rise in the number of alternatively fuelled vehicles on the streets.

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