In new statistics published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), it has been revealed that a total of 27,838 electric and hybrid vehicles were registered throughout January in the UK; an increase of 109.22% compared to January 2019 (which clocked in at 13,305). The incredible adoption of EVs and hybrids in January has seen their UK market share increase to 18.7%.
The data shared by SMMT also highlighted that 4,054 of those were all-electric vehicles – compared to 1,334 in January 2019. The 203.9% increase in all-electric registrations subsequently means that there are now officially over 100,000 fully-electric cars registered in the UK. Overall, battery electric vehicles ended January with a total market share of 2.7%, up from just 0.8% in January 2019.
SMMT’s statistics also revealed that hybrid electric vehicles remain the most popular choice when it comes to more sustainable fuel types, with a total of 8,941 vehicles being registered during January 2020 (up from 7,412 in Jan 19).
It’s safe to say that electric and hybrid vehicles have had a strong start to 2020; demonstrating that the ever increasing number of electric and hybrid vehicles on offer, the easy access to charging points and various government incentives are helping them to grow in popularity and to continue to go from strength-to-strength.
The statistics – which are updated on a monthly basis and can be found on our Electric Cars page – were released shortly after the government announced that the ban on selling new petrol and diesel cars (a law that will now also ban the sale of petrol and diesel hybrid vehicles) would be brought forward to 2035 at the latest.
When you take the above and also consider that April will see company car users offered electric vehicles with 0% company car tax, it’s fairly safe to assume that these dramatic increases will continue as 2020 progresses; something that will likely be strengthened by various releases at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Would you like to take the plunge into the world of electric and hybrid vehicles? Head over to our electric cars page to learn more and to answer any questions that you might have