Wiltshire & Hampshire drivers increasingly taking up electric cars

Wiltshire & Hampshire drivers increasingly taking up electric cars

Published at 4:16pm 2nd May 2019. (Updated at 4:25pm 2nd May 2019)

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Electric car technology is advancing rapidly, and the latest figures suggest that we are getting on board the green revolution.

During 2018, the number of registered plug-in vehicles in Wiltshire increased by 43%, and in Hampshire by 55%.

The latest Department for Transport statistics show the number of registered electric or plug-in hybrid cars, vans and micro-cars called quadricycles in both counties.

EV NUMBERS IN WILTSHIRE

  • At the end of 2017 there were 920 electric vehicles.
  • By December last year, that figure had grown to 1,317, a jump of 397

EV NUMBERS IN HAMPSHIRE

  • At the end of 2017 there were 2,547 electric vehicles
  • By December last year, that figure had grown to 3,948, a jump of 1,401

COMPARISON WITH OTHER AREAS

The number of EV's being taken-up here is lower than the increase of 1,762 in Peterborough, which has the highest percentage of plug-in vehicles of any local authority in the United Kingdom.

But back in 2013, Wiltshire had just 81 electric cars, and in Hampshire there were just 590. That shows the progress the industry has made in a short time.

Plug-in vehicles still make up a tiny percentage of the cars on the road in the two counties

  • Wiltshire has 1,317 electric cars, out of 364,458 vehicles in total
  • Hampshire: has 3,948 electric cars, out of 1,063,303 vehicles in total

BATTERY RANGE A FACTOR

Over the past few years manufacturers have increased the range of their vehicles, and prices have fallen, helping fuel the rise in environmentally friendly vehicles.

Wiltshire & Hampshire drivers increasingly taking up electric cars
Wiltshire & Hampshire drivers increasingly taking up electric cars

The latest Nissan Leaf, the UK's most popular entirely electric car, can now travel 235 miles before it needs to be recharged, 80 miles more than the previous version.

Over the next year BP will install charging points at its petrol stations, following Shell's roll-out in 2017. Dyson has also said it plans to release an electric car by 2020.

One advantage electric car users have over other vehicles is that they do not have to pay road tax, as they do not release any emissions.

Electricity is also far cheaper than petrol and diesel, and green drivers have the satisfaction of helping save the planet.

However, in November, the Government reduced the maximum discount electric car buyers could get from £4,500 to £3,500.

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