Electric car sales down, official figures showLess than 5,000 electric cars registered since '04

26 February 2009

Electric car sales are down, figures show

Electric car sales are down, figures show

The number of electric cars registered for use in the UK fell in 2008, according to official figures.

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A total of 1,322 battery-powered cars and quadricycles took to the UK's roads last year, down from 1,374 in 2007.

In a Commons written answer, transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick said a total of 4,929 new battery-powered vehicles had been registered since 2004.

But this figure excludes – like Toyota’s Prius and the new – and electric fuel cell vehicles.

Electric car hire scheme

The latest figures came as London mayor Boris Johnson revealed he was considering an electric car hire scheme for the capital.

According to The Guardian, Johnson told the London assembly that a working group has already been looking into the 'autolib' scheme scheduled for Paris in 2010, which would allow drivers to hire cars from special bays around the French capital.

Electric cars are already eligible for a 100% discount on the London Congestion Charge.


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