Electric car sales quadruple in UK, report suggests

Electric cars seem to be in high demand across the UK, as sales of the eco-friendly vehicles have quadrupled across the country, according to a new report from sustainability site Edie.net.

It follows our interview with Local Motors – creators of Strati, the world’s first 3D-printed electric car.

Edie’s report quotes figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which show that sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose by 58 per cent throughout 2014. The piece also notes what the group has called a ‘remarkable surge’ in demand for green-conscious vehicles, with almost 52,000 new cars registered.

AFVs can include anything car that boasts low-emission output – such as electric hybrids, and interestingly, the number of these vehicles sold in the UK actually rose 1.4 per cent over 2013. This is proof that there is a growing appetite for sustainable travel among British drivers, which bodes well for our roads.

SMMT’s chief executive Mike Hawes said in a “The year was particularly strong for alternatively-fuelled vehicles as increased choice, coupled with a growing desire for reduced costs and greater efficiency, resulted in a quadrupling of plug-in car registrations over 2013.”

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Want more insight into AFVs? Be sure to check out our interview with Next Green Car, which includes all you need to know about electric car ownership.

Via Guardian.

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