The UK’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced a £7.5-million (US$9.1-million) investment in workplace charging, plus £2.5 million (US$3.1 million) for on-street residential infrastructure.
The investment in charging infrastructure is part of a £35-million (US$42.7 million) investment in the ultra low emission vehicle sector.
The announcement of £10 million government investment in electric vehicle charging came as the year-to-date plug-in car registrations total in the UK passed the sector’s full-year 2015 total. So far this year, motorists have bought 28,697 electric cars, placing 2016 ahead of last year’s January-December total of 28,188 cars with three months still to go.
The January-September total of plug-in sales is 36.7% ahead of the same period last year. The new registration plate boosted last month’s performance to be the greatest September on record with 6,113 electric cars sold, a 56.2% year-on-year increase.
Of the 30-plus plug-in electric vehicles on the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the year’s most popular plug-in hybrid with 7,770 registrations. The Sunderland-made Nissan LEAF is 2016’s best-performing pure-electric car with 3,728 registered over the January-September period.