New figures suggest there’s now almost 200,000 plug-in cars in the UK


According to newly released figures by the SMMT (Society of Motor manufacturers and Traders), there’s now almost 200,000 plug-in cars in the UK, thanks to an increase in 2018 of around 75%.

Last year the figure rose to 76.6%, with the number of plug-in cars on UK roads reaching a record high of 195,410.

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SMMT data also showed that the number of AFVs (alternatively fuelled vehicles) also rose by almost 30% last year, which means there are now over 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrids and EV’s (electric vehicles) in the UK.

There are currently around 34.9 million cars registered in the UK, with some 1,600 different model ranges on the road in 2018 and apparently, average CO2 emissions from cars in the UK have dropped to their lowest level on record, down 17.8% in comparison to ten years ago.

New figures claim 33.2% of cars on UK roads are superminis, making them the most popular type of car on British roads, however dual-purpose vehicles such as the double-cab pickup have seen the largest growth in 2018, with an increase of 10.6%.

The biggest drop was in family hatchbacks and saloons, with a decline of 4.7%.

Chief executive of the SMMT, Mike Hawes, is calling for “a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure to give motorists the confidence to buy the latest, cleanest cars, whatever the fuel type, in the greater numbers we need to meet environmental challenges.”


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