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Sales of electric cars reach a peak in 2015

Tuesday 12th May 2015


Evidence suggests that 2015 may well be 'the year of the electric car' as figures from the UK car industry proposes we are waking up to the electric revolution!

In March 2015, more than 6,000 ‘plug-in’ hybrids were sold in comparison to 1,200 sold the previous year. This has come as a surprise considering the fall in oil price has made conventional motoring much cheaper. If the trend continues, it is thought more than 30,000 electric vehicles will be sold this year alone.

INCENTIVES

  • Since 2011 when there were just 6 models to choose from, there are now a whopping 27 models available.
  • The network of charging points has expanded; there are 3,000 places throughout the UK where consumers can ‘plug-in’ their hybrids.
  • Consumers benefit from motoring costs being as low as 2p per mile travelled.
  • Electric cars are exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge.
  • A government grant of up to £5,000 towards the cost of the car is available.

Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV is Britain’s best-selling electric car, with more than 10,000 sales in the last year. It is thought consumers will continue to purchase the vehicle, even if the government grant is no longer available. “Range anxiety” – the fear of running out of charge, is not a problem with the Outlander PHEV as the vehicle switches to its conventional engine as soon as the battery runs out of power.

Performance in People was lucky enough to experience the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the summer of last year. Click here to find out more about the vehicle and what we thought.

Sourced from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32217969

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