Number of plug-in cars on British roads increased by 76% last year

by | Apr 15, 2019

The number of plug-in electric cars in the UK increased by over three quarters last year. This is according to new data released last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

There are now 195,410 plug-in vehicles on our roads, which is a record high. Overall the ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost one third last year, and there are now over 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now being used.

“Thanks to massive investment from manufacturers in delivering a wide range of models across all fuel types, to suit all driving needs, environmental gains are now being delivered across the UK.”

Mike Hawes – SMMT Chief Executive

This adoption of low emission technology has played a huge part in reducing CO2 emissions across the country. CO2 emissions by cars in the UK are now down by 17.8% compared with 2008, which is a record low.

Speaking on the new figures, Mike Hawes the SMMT Chief Executive, said: ”Thanks to massive investment from manufacturers in delivering a wide range of models across all fuel types, to suit all driving needs, environmental gains are now being delivered across the UK.

“Ever-more advanced technology makes every new generation of vehicle more efficient than the last, and this is filtering rapidly from the new car market into the broader parc. Fleet renewal is proven to work so we need 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.”

The cars on our roads, whether they are AFVs, petrol or diesel cars, are now more efficient than ever. This is thanks to manufacturers investing more in advanced powertrains, transmission types, lightweight materials and aerodynamics.

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