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Electric cars soar in ownership over past three years 

ELECTRIC vehicles have become increasingly popular on UK roads, with charging stations being built in supermarket car parks and schemes available to add a charging port to the home.

With searches for the term ‘electric vehicle’ reaching a peak in August, 66% above the average level and rising over the last week, insurance experts at A-plan insurance have analysed data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency showing the number of privately owned cars and what fuel they use across each region of the United Kingdom. The data looked at the last quarters of 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Since 2011, the UK government has pushed for vehicles powered by electricity, through a hybrid or fully electric engine, to be used by the public due to the positive environmental effects. However, a lack of infrastructure, such as charging stations, and the high price of these vehicles have hampered their use.

The data shows that private ownership of hybrid electric vehicles has risen by 83% across the United Kingdom, while ownership of fully electric vehicles has risen by 178%.

Ownership has fallen over the past three years for traditional fuels like petrol and diesel. Diesel cars have had the largest decrease of 3% over this time.

 

Region

Fuel Type

Q4 2020

Q4 2021

Q4 2022

United Kingdom

Petrol

1,757,700

1,751,600

1,753,000

 

Diesel

1,118,000

1,101,200

1,076,500

 

Hybrid Electric

471,000

646,000

863,000

 

Electric

91,129

163,909

253,679

England

Petrol

1,500,200

1,495,200

1,495,300

 

Diesel

907,200

892,400

872,000

 

Hybrid Electric

425,000

574,000

760,000

 

Electric

79,417

142,827

220,355

Scotland

Petrol

138,600

136,700

137,800

 

Diesel

93,900

91,300

87,900

 

Hybrid Electric

26,000

41,000

59,000

 

Electric

7,692

13,733

21,338

Wales

Petrol

82,800

82,500

82,900

 

Diesel

64,700

64,600

63,700

 

Hybrid Electric

13,000

20,000

29,000

 

Electric

2,742

5,264

8,502

Northern Ireland

Petrol

37,600

36,900

36,800

 

Diesel

52,100

52,800

52,700

 

Hybrid Electric

6,000

10,000

14,000

 

Electric

1,274

2,077

3,463

 

The region with the highest increase in hybrid electric vehicles is Northern Ireland, with a 133% increase in ownership. England is the region with the lowest increase in hybrid electric vehicles, having only a 78% increase over the last three years.

For fully electric vehicles, Wales has the highest increase in private ownership, with 210%. In comparison, Northern Ireland has only a 171% increase making it the region with the lowest increase.

A Welsh government report from 2020 showed that there were only 302 charging points across the whole of Wales, with the highest number being found in Cardiff. The Welsh government announced grants to help install electric charging points at homes and businesses.

As of July 2023, the number of charge points in the UK reached 45,737, a 40% increase over 2022. Of these, 32% are in the Greater London area alone. 8.9% are in Scotland, 4.2% are in Wales and only 1% are in Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson for A-plan said:  “Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. With the government’s plan to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 and then to ban all new vehicles that do not have zero emissions by 2035, manufacturers have been increasing the options for low and zero-emission cars.

“Used vehicles have historically been a cheaper option for young drivers; however, car tax changes and increases in fuel prices have made older cars much more expensive to drive and maintain. On average, an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle costs around £10-£15 less than an equivalent petrol journey; however, the upfront cost of an electric vehicle is much higher. Used hybrid and electric vehicles are available but come at a higher price than their petrol counterparts.

“Infrastructure improvements and financial grants to make hybrid or fully electric vehicles more appealing are essential to meet the zero emissions goals.”

 

 

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