Plug-in car sales top 20,000 for first time

Sales of plug-in cars in the UK broke through the 20,000 barrier in 2015, new figures have revealed.

According to analysis by Go Ultra Low, 20,992 motorists purchased a plug-in car in Britain between January and September this year. This represent a growth of 138.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2014 and demonstrates the increasing popularity of this type of greener vehicle.

As more car buyers consider low emission vehicles, dealers might begin to consider stocking more plug-in cars. If they do choose to do so, it is important that they check their road risks insurance covers them to drive this type of vehicle, while dealers trading from a dedicated business premises must naturally ensure that these plug-in vehicles are covered by their combined motor trade insurance policy in case they are damaged or stolen while on site.

Go Ultra Low said the growth in sales could be attributed in part to the greater choice of models, with more than 27 pure electric or plug-in hybrid cars now available in the UK. These include everything from high-performance sports cars to capable family run-arounds.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The growth in plug-in car registrations is in line with our expectations.

“This trend should continue over the course of this year as we know that motorists are keen to achieve maximum miles for the lowest cost, while minimising emissions and environmental impact.”