UK drives into e-vehicle fast lane with 11% sales rise
The Guardian reports that UK sales of EVs rose by 11% in 1Q 2018 in comparison with 2017
The Guardian states that ‘Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China.’
This backs up talk of the Nissan Leaf sales for the 1st Quarter nearly using all the UK allocation for 2018 already.
The Guardian, quoting research by the Centre of Automotive Management states that ‘In the UK, e-vehicle sales reached 14,084 units in the first quarter of 2018. Plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 71% of the sales. The market share of electric vehicles increased from 1.5% a year ago to 2%.’
Diesel sales are down across Europe for example by over 30% year on year in Germany and this trend looks set to continue with Global sales of EVs predicted to possibly reach 20% market share by 2025.
Clearly the UK has a long way to go to match the progress being made by China, but it is logical that more progress will be made in 2018 as an increasing number of models become available to UK car buyers.
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Source The Guardian, 19 April 2018