16.8% rise in March 2016 vs March 2015

7,144 plug-in vehicles were sold in March compared to 6,114 vehicles which were sold in March 2015. This represents an impressive increase of just under 17% and continues the positive trend in growth in the UK. These sales represent all plug-in electric vehicles which are eligible to receive the UK government plug-in car grant.

Plug-in vehicles include 100% electric, range extender and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The year on year increase for March 2016 comes despite the reduction in the value of the government grant towards the cost of a plug-in EV, from £5,000 to £4,500 for 100% electric and extended range EVs and for plug-in hybrids from £5,000 to £2,500, which took place on the 1st March this year.

22.7% rise in year on year sales

10,496 plug-in vehicles have been sold to date this year vs 8,557 vehicles in the same period last year. This represents an overall increase of just under 23% on 2015. The UK still remains a growth market for electric vehicles with no sign of this growth stalling.

After 4 years of consecutive growth, it appears that 2016 will be the fifth year in a row, bringing with it an ever increasing demand for electric vehicle charging points, for commercial premises, domestic houses and on street parking.

Over 60,000 plug-in electric vehicles are on the UK’s roads

Since the government began to record sales of plug-in electric vehicles in January 2011, the number of plug-in electric vehicles on UK roads has now reached 58,186 (which are eligible to receive the UK government plug in car grant). These figures do not include commercial vehicles and all other plug-in cars and vans (which are not eligible for the grant), but when added to the total the number is over 60,000.

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