Almost 100,000 pure electric vehicles to hit the roads this year

07/02/2020

At least 98,500 new battery electric vehicles will be registered in the UK this year, figures from DriveElectric indicate.

The figure, which does not include plug-in hybrids, represents a 260% increase on the 37,850 registered in 2019.Among the reasons cited by DriveElectric for this substantial increase are:

  • Changes to Benefit-in-Kind company car tax.There will be zero company car tax on pure electric cars from April 2020 for a period of 12 months. Switching to an EV from a plug-in hybrid could result in savings of £4,578 in a year for the employee and the company in BIK, fuel and National Insurance.
  • A general return to company cars from employees taking car allowances.
  • Increased availability – due in part to the new EU fleet-wide average emissions targets.A number of manufacturers are entering the market with new battery electric vehicles.
  • Growing environmental awareness about climate change and also about challenges for local air quality; EVs help to provide a solution in both areas.
  • Increasing numbers of initiatives such as Clean Air Zones, resulting in organisations considering renewing their fleets with electric rather than petrol or diesel vehicles.

There is one other key factor that Drive Electric believes is responsible for the increasing shift to electric vehicles: drivers, many of whom may initially have been sceptical about EVs, vastly prefer the driving experience of electric cars and vans to that of their petrol or diesel engine equivalents after experiencing an EV for themselves.

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