UK demand for electric cars surges 228%

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The number of people ordering electric and alternative powered vehicles shot up last month by a whopping 228% versus the same time last year.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported that demand for the latest battery electric cars surged by 228.8%, with 4,652 registered, while the markets for plug-in hybrids and hybrids also rose by 34.8% and 15.0% respectively. 

Elsewhere, petrol grew 2.0%, taking the lion’s share of all registrations (62.2%), as diesel fell -27.2%. Year-to-date, the overall UK new car market is down -2.7%, with 2.2 million cars registered, in line with current industry forecasts, the SMMT said.