June 27, 2017 at 9:54 AM
In response to a much longer battery life compared to older models and support from world leaders giving gravitas to the sales, electric cars are starting to appear in force on Britain’s roads, with 2 million electric cars now in operation in the UK.
The figure is a rather significant 60% increase compared to 2015, a massive uptake in the space of just a year. The International Energy Agency (IEA) compiled the data after examining the market. In 2005, only a few hundred models of electric car existed in the UK, yet in 2016, sales totalled a massive 750,000 cars.
An announcement from car giant Tesla stated that it would double its charge car network ahead of the release of the Model 3. Now is an exciting time for Tesla, as the Model 3 will be its first mass-market electric car. Sales are expected to grow every year as electric cars become a viable option for today’s motorists, and with a price tag of around £30,000, the breakthrough Model 3 is expected to reach some impressive sales figures. Tesla's first marketing of cars outside the premium market is expected to be a resounding success for the company and for awareness of the benefits of using electric cars.
Chris Lilly, the content manager at Next Green Car, has mentioned that even though the number of plug-in cars is quite small in comparison to petrol cars, the growth of sales has been “rapid.” He expects the pace of sales growth to continue, noting that the UK is currently one of the most important markets for more ecologically friendly cars. Lilley also said: “The rate of progress in the EV (electric vehicles) market has been astonishing, and we are on the verge of a true second-generation of EVs due in the next year or so.”