Full Electric Cars Sales Rocket to... 476 in a Month

By Gary Cutlack on at

That new Nissan Leaf has got a lot of work to do, as sales figures for pure, full electric car sales in the UK show that they're not exactly capturing the public's imagination yet.

On the face of it, the news seems good for electric cars. Full EV sales excluding hybrids rose by 60 per cent in August of this year compared to the same month in 2016 according to the SMMT, which is surely great news. The problem is, it was 60 per cent more of not very much, as the total number of pure EVs registered last month was just 476, up from 293 in 2016.

Hybrid sales are in better health, though, with 2,254 petrol-electric models registered in the month; more than 70 per cent higher than in 2016. The total number of registrations of cars of all types including fiery petrol and diesel engines for the month of August stood at 76,433, though, with just lucky people registering a new McLaren. [SMMT]

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