Sales of electric cars soar over air pollution concerns

More and more people living in London are ditching the traditional fossil fuel-powered car in favour of an eco-friendly vehicle amidst concerns over the scale of the air pollution problem in the capital, official figures have revealed.

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An increase of more than 22% in electric cars (including hybrids) was registered in London in the first three months of 2016. In the South East, the increase was a massive 84.9%, increasing from 1,632 to 3,019.

Electric cars are said to be increasing in popularity in the South East due to a number of factors, including easily accessible driveways and the fact families are more likely to have two cars, so opt for one of those to be electric.

People who live in the capital and the South East are said to be more environmentally aware than other regions, particularly when it comes to air pollution. The number of electric cars registered in London has increased from 61 in the whole of 2010 to a number exceeding 5,000.

The demand for these vehicles has been met with more charging points being installed under the Source London scheme.

Across the whole of the UK, electric vehicle sales exceeded the 10,000 mark for the first time in a quarter, according to official data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT said, “Britain is one of Europe’s fastest-growing markets for ultra-low emission vehicles. Uptake in and around London has far outpaced the rest of the UK.”

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