The popularity of electric vehicles in the UK has shot up over the last few years, with more than 142,200 pure-electric cars on the road in 2020, and over 339,300 plug-in cars (pure-EV & PHEV) compared with just 3,500 in 2013. This huge increase in electric car sales has come about because of a greater level of choice for drivers, a shift in the public's attitude towards electric cars and a constantly improving public recharging network. Combined, this means that UK electric car buyers have a greater selection of vehicles to choose from than ever before.
The future is bright too with a large number of plug-in cars - covering a wide cross-section of the market - set to be launched within the next year or so, meaning an electric car is now a viable option for a large number of motorists. The Plug-in Car Grant is guaranteed too, until at least FY 2022/23, reducing the price of pure-electic cars costing less than £50,000 by £3,000.
The electric car microsite includes an electric vehicle (EV) buying guide, search tools to help pick the best electric car for you, helpful information about EV charging and reviews of many of the EV models available to buy. Visit the Plug-in Hybrid microsite for more information on PHEVs.
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Electric car buying guide
This buying guide provides an overview of the key issues to consider when looking to buy an electric vehicle; which include whether an EV is right for you, the availability and choice of electric models, and the impact on vehicle ownership and running costs.