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Electric car sales hit record high

Date: 12/11/2013 16:42:17
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

Electric car sales increased by 25 per cent over the last quarter, new government figures show, marking a record high.

According to theguardian.com, during the third quarter of this year the number of new electric car registrations reached 1,149, beating the second quarter's figure of 920 and making it the highest figure seen since records began in 2011.

In 2011, the government started a scheme which offered a £5,000 grant to anyone who wished to purchase a new electric car, as an incentive to get more of the environmentally friendly vehicles on the road. Uptake was slow at first but now the scheme seems to be taking off.

RAC spokesman, Simon Williams, said there is hope that the number of sales will continue to rise over the next quarter and beyond.

"News that UK electric car sales have jumped by 25 per cent in the third quarter of this year to a record high is significant," he stated. "Let's hope this trend continues and even accelerates in the coming months to the point where these vehicles become far more commonplace on the nation's roads," reports rac.co.uk.

The figures come just as Renault-Nissan announced that it will not meet its target of 1.5 million electric cars on the road by the end of 2016 and instead estimates the target won't be reached until 2020 or 2021.

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