UK Electric Car Sales Hit All-Time High*

By Gary Cutlack on at

The extremely slow stroll to electric car adoption seems to have upped its pace ever so slightly, with figures covering the UK's new car sales saying that sales of all-electric and hybrid vehicles in the UK have reached a new high.

In January, 174,564 new cars were registered in total in the UK, a 2.9 per cent increase on the same month last year. Electric and hybrid cars increased their share by nearly 20 per cent, with sales of diesels down amid worries that they're about to be taxed out of existence.

Although with only 4.2 per cent of all new car sales for the last month, there still isn't what you'd call a mad rush to adopt the alternative technologies on offer. Also, this number for sales of alternative fuel cars includes both pure all-electric models like the Nissan Leaf and Renault's Zoe alongside sales of the diesel/electric hybrids like Mitsubishi's Outlander, so the percentage of battery-only models is smaller still than the headline number. [Guardian]

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