By Sarah LeeThe Electric Vehicle (EV) industry is booming, with the UK’s four main battery manufacturers making the majority of its vehicles.
However, the latest data from the UK Electricity Market Commission (EMC) suggests that the number of electric vehicles in use is growing rapidly, with new models on the way.
The data showed that sales of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) electric cars in the UK increased by a whopping 4.8% between April and June, and the number was up by more than 15% year-on-year.
That growth has been fuelled by the availability of low cost, low emissions plug-ins.
The new data from EMC showed that in the year to the end of June 2016, electric vehicles accounted for nearly 15% of the UK market, up from just under 7% in 2014.
The growth has also been fuelled largely by an increase in the number and type of plug‑in hybrid vehicles on sale in the country, which increased from 1,788 in 2014 to 1,854 in 2016.
These include a total of 1,632 PHEV and electric-drive hybrid cars.
However these new plug-In hybrids are not available in the US and China, which has been the main source of demand for the plug-Ins.
The number of PHEVs sold in the EU rose by 2.8%, while in China it increased by 5.7%.
However, these new models have also had some problems, with one major problem being the introduction of a new fuel economy standard, the CO2 emission standards, which have been introduced in the first half of 2018.
These standards will require vehicles to achieve a combined 40.5mpg in 2025, up five percent from 2020.
This has been blamed for an increase of 3,300 premature deaths and 3,200 premature deaths in Europe, the United Kingdom and China.
The EMC figures are also likely to increase pressure on the UK government to introduce new CO2 standards, as they were designed to reduce the impact of the new standards on the country’s energy bills.