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There are now more fully electric cars than plug-in hybrids on the road following record sales in September (but they still represent just 1% of all UK motors)

The calm before the storm. Electric vehicle sales sky rocket in the final quarter of 2021.
  • There are 332,299 pure electric cars now registered on UK roads, RAC says
  • That compares to 327,183 plug-in hybrids following record EV sales last month
  • Rapid battery development means hybrids are no longer a stepping-stone to EVs
  • ‘Major milestone’ comes as petrol and diesel registrations continue to decline 

There are now more pure electric cars on the UK’s roads than plug-in hybrid models as demand for 100 per cent EVs continues to surge. September saw total battery-electric cars registered in the country overtake plug-in hybrids for the very first time, according to a new report from the RAC. But despite the unprecedented growth in demand, pure EVs still only make up one per cent of all motors in Britain.

RAC director of EVs Sarah Winward-Kotecha said: ‘Against a backdrop of generally poor new car sales, September was a milestone month when it came to battery-electric models. 

‘Nearly as many were sold in one month as were sold throughout the whole of 2019, and the figures suggest they are now a more common sight on the UK’s roads than plug-in hybrids.’  

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