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Electric car sales picking up speed in the UK

Date: 05/09/2014 04:40:28
Category: Car tracking
Author: Jack Stanton

Sales of electric cars in the UK are above 10,000 for the first time, new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show.

The popularity of electric cars, both in the UK and elsewhere, is showing no signs of slowing down. Government incentives in the UK have cut electric car ownership costs, while green energy company Ecotricity has installed around 170 superfast charging points at motorway stations across the country, allowing owners to charge their batteries by 80 per cent in just 20-30 minutes.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity's founder and chief executive, believes we are in the middle of a car "revolution". Indeed, in the three months up to June 2014 some 15,000 cars used the charging systems, compared to just 4,000 cars between October and December last year, bbc.co.uk reports.

"In the past 12 months we've gone from eight hours to charge a car to 20 minutes," Vince said. "All of this points to a coming revolution in how we get around, they are super cheap to run, totally clean especially if you run them on renewable energy, they just are the future of personal transport."

A recent report by Navigant research predicted that electric vehicle sales around the world will soar to 1.8 million by 2023, cleantechnica.com reports.

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