Year of the green car: 60,000 electric cars registered in the UK in 2018

A new electric car was registered every nine minutes in the UK last year, making 2018 the seventh successive year of growth in this market.

Electric car charging

Last year was the most successful year of sales for electric cars, with the electric vehicle market growing by 19%. A wider range of models and a continued trend towards making more sustainable choices that are better for the environment could well be driving people to make the switch.

As in previous years, most registrations (74%) were for plug-in hybrids, but pure electric cars saw a boost of 14% from 2017 to 2018. This brings the total number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK to 196,343.

Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “Record levels of electric vehicle registrations clearly show how fast the UK is moving towards greener transport. The government has invested almost £1.5bn into our comprehensive Road to Zero Strategy, continuing to pave the way to a zero emission future.”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “In the context of the wider new car market, it is fantastic to see plug-in car registrations continue to go from strength-to-strength. Looking at the year ahead, 2019 is set to be a pivotal one for the electric car market.

“With even more new models being released, coupled with the introduction of initiatives such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, we’re confident that the next 12 months will be a landmark year for the nation’s switch to electric.”

Recent research shows 18% of Brits want to make the switch in 2019. Even more models are due for release in the coming year, such as the Kia e-Niro, Audi e-tron and the Nissan LEAF e+ – so we could be about to see another year of growth in the electric car market.

If you’re looking into buying a greener car, try our eco-friendly car comparison tool. And for more information on covering your green car, take a look at our Electric Car Insurance.