All the mainstream car makers are now offering high-quality electric models, either battery electric or plug-in hybrids, with the remaining manufacturers likely to follow suit in the next two years. With the recent announcement from manufacturers and the office for low Emission vehicles, the number of electric cars and vans in the UK now exceeds 25,000 vehicles for the first time.
Another indicator that the EV market is gaining momentum is the number of fully electric and plug-in hybrid models available in the UK. While only 9 EVs were available for the major manufacturers in 2011, this increased to 18 models in 2013, and now stands at 25 high-quality cars and vans with more models due for launch in 2015.
Electric cars offer many benefits over conventionally-fuelled vehicles: lower running costs with zero or reduced fuel, tax and congestion charges; emission-free driving reducing impact on climate change and air quality; a high tech, smooth and quiet driving experience.
Owning an electric car means a change in driving patterns and before making a purchase it is recommended that you consider your daily driving routine, charging capability of the vehicle and whether you are able to charge from home. See our EV buying guide for more information.