Number of privately owned electric cars in UK up 53% in a year

The number of privately owned all-electric vehicles on UK roads has increased 53% in just 12 months, according to new analysis.

At the end of September last year, 86,130 vehicles were registered, compared to 56,393 at the same time in 2019.

Four of the ten local authorities with the largest number of privately licensed battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are in London, led by Barnet with 1,235.

Wiltshire has the second highest number (1,075 vehicles), followed by Westminster in central London (919), Cornwall (899) and Camden in north London (781).

The areas with the lowest number of BEVs – aside from some island communities and the City of London – are in South Wales.

Merthyr Tydfil only has 21 vehicles, Blaenau Gwent 27.

The numbers are based on a RAC analysis of government data.

Sales of new gasoline and diesel powered cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2030.

Rod Dennis, spokesperson for RAC Data Insight, said, “The growth in all-electric vehicles is extremely promising.

“There is still a long way to go, not least because only half of these vehicles are privately owned compared to nine out of ten of all cars. It is clear, however, that the numbers are only going in one direction.”

“It is important that the environmental and financial benefits of switching to electric cars are shared by drivers across the country.

“Our analysis shows to what extent the south and east of England currently dominate when it comes to the numbers that are currently privately owned.”


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