In official figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles in the UK for January has risen by 25% on last year.
Alternatively fuelled vehicles are classed as any flavour of hybrid and fully electric vehicles. This rise in sales brings their total share of the UK market to 1.8 percent, a rise of 12.5 percent on last year.
For those who like to see the numbers, in January 2013 there was 2287 alternatively fuelled vehicles registered in the UK. In 2014 there was 2859 registrations.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, ‘As fuel economy is a major consideration for many motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative, fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new cars. Looking ahead, the UK automotive industry expects to see moderate, sustainable growth in 2014.’
Both the Fiat 500 and the Ford Focus appear in the top ten cars sold in the UK in January, placed tenth and second respectively. This makes us at Transport Evolved wonder how many more EV sales there would be in the UK if they weren’t just compliance cars with limited, if any, marketing outside of California?
The SMMT notes that the UK Government’s Plug-in Grant still provides a good incentive for buyers to consider electric or plug-in cars. This incentive will pay for up to a quarter of the cost of a vehicle capped at £5000.
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