Alternatively fuelled cars have risen to prominence over the past few years as a result of the rapid increase in sales of electric and hybrid cars. New registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 75,000 at the beginning of August 2016. This upturn in registrations has coincided with the increase in the number of electric and hybrid models available in the UK.
During the first half of 2014 only around 500 electric cars were registered per month which rose to an average of around 2,400 per month during 2015. 2016 has seen electric car registrations go from strength to strength by outselling the same period in 2015 by more than 30% with more than 23,000 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) eligible vehicles already registered. Electric cars now represent around 1.3% of the total new car market in the UK with figures predicted by Go Ultra Low that electric power could become the most popular fuel method for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027.
There are a number of features that separate electric cars from traditional cars:
There are a number of positives for buying an electric car, especially at the moment because of the huge Plug-in Car Grant you would receive from the government of up to £4,500. If forecasts are to be believed, all new cars and vans are expected to be electrically powered by 2040. It seems as though traditional combustion engine vehicles will be phased out and it could be an advantage to already be familiar with how electric vehicles work, among other fantastic advantages: