Record sales in August, reported that one in every 12 newly purchased cars in the UK were electric vehicles! The BBC reports ‘The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars made up 8% of the overall market’. They added ‘The number of total vehicles registered was up 23% on the same period in 2017’.
The apparent boom in plug-in sales could be due to the cost of petrol and diesel, as it continues to creep upwards – the average price is at its highest level since July 2014. Pump prices have gone up for eight of the last 12 months, according to the RAC, with both fuels 13p more expensive than this time last year.
According to the article ‘Sales of electric vehicles have been taking off across. Europe, with more than a million plug-ins now on the road’. Figures by EV Volumes.com indicate that Norway is leading the electric movement with hybrids and electric vehicles making up 37% of sales, followed closely by Germany.
It’s not surprising that many more energy efficient cars are due to be produced in Europe over the coming months, Daimler-owned Mercedes just unveiled its first fully-electric vehicle, while Porsche, Audi, and Jaguar are ready to jump on the electric bandwagon!