The BBC have reported electric cars now quietly gaining ground in the UK.
Ecotricity, the company that has installed a network of charging stations along the UK’s motorways, suggest we are seeing a “revolution” after rolling out 170 superfast chargers covering 90% of the network. These deliver 80% charge levels in just 20 or 30 minutes. Only 4,000 cars used the system between October and December but this jumped to 15,000 in the latest 3 months to end June.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that electric car sales have now topped the 10,000 mark in the UK.
Norway has embraced electric cars. Green cars have accounted for 13% of sales since the start of the year, in March, the Nissan Leaf became Norway’s highest selling car in a month. Norway’s electric cars are exempt from VAT and sales tax meaning a new, battery powered vehicle comes in about half the cost of the petrol driven equivalent.