Sales have risen 11% compared to last year’s figures


Electric car sales in the UK are on the rise, increasing by 11% compared to last year’s figures, however despite the positive move towards greener motoring, it seems we have a bit to go before we catch up on the likes of China and Norway.

Following analysis of the most recent global sales figures for electric vehicles, almost half (48%) of vehicles registered in Norway during the first three months of 2018 were electric, creeping up from 35% during the same period last year.

In Norway, their vehicles are run almost entirely off the nation’s hydropower resource, which is why Norway is up there as one of the world leaders. However, it’s China where raw numbers are the most impressive despite the total market share of electric vehicles standing at just 2% of new registrations.

In China during the first quarter of 2018, a total of 142,445 electric vehicles, including private cars, buses, lorries and trucks, were sold – a 154% increase compared to the previous year.

Sales have risen 11% compared to last year's figures

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“China and Norway are exceptional in e-mobility. The lead market remains China, where substantial industrial policy motives are driving battery-electric vehicle technology forward,” said Stefan Bratzel from the Centre of Automotive management (CAM) who are responsible for gathering the data.

The sale of electric vehicles in the UK reached 14,084 units from January to March 2018, with plug-in hybrid vehicles accounting for 71% of the sales – the market share of e-vehicles rose from 1.5% last year to 2%.

According to CAM, new registrations of electric cars are expected to increase moderately by 2020 around the world, with the market share ranging from 2.5% and 6%.

Even more optimistically, by 2025 it’s expected that 25m newly registered cars will be electric and would represent a 25% market share, with the possibility that a market share of 40% could be reached by 2030.


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