Buyers not wanting electric cars? Think again

Despite various reports to the contrary, government figures have proved that sales of electric cars are on the up.

According to a report in the Guardian, this growth is almost the same as the wider car industry at just 5.4 per cent, when comparing 2012 against 2011.
Much of this improvement is due to the £5,000 government grant, which saw a total of 1,419 electric cars registered in first three-quarters of 2012. This is compared to just 786 for the same period in 2011.

However, these numbers remain small when compared to the 1.9m conventional cars sold last year.

On top of the grant, 2012 was a good year for new models. These included a plug-in version of the Toyota Prius, the Chevrolet Volt, Vauxhall Ampera and the Renault Fluence ZE.

Electric car sales are likely to further increase this year, with more charging points and the introduction of the BMW i3 and the neat-looking Renault ZOE supermini.

Norman Baker, parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport said of this news: "The number of claims for our plug-in car grant this year is well up on 2011's figure and we expect this to increase as more electric cars come to market including the Nissan Euro Leaf which will start production in Sunderland next year. I know electric vehicles have got a bright future in this country."
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