Electric vehicle sales

Plug-in fleet reaches 500,000 as demand for green vehicles accelerates

One in seven cars sold this year have been plug-in variants and a quarter of models on sale now come with zero-emission capability

Ultra-low emission vehicles now account for more than half-a-million cars on British roads, as more companies and drivers make the switch to zero-emission motoring, according to newly released figures.

Demand for green vehicles has accelerated in the past year, with one in seven cars sold having a plug, compared to one in 10 last year and one in 30 during 2019.

A quarter of car models are now available with a plug-in variant.

However, the transition will be quicker for some fleets than others, as the commercial vehicle sector still lags behind when it comes to model availability.

Despite ongoing concerns, transport secretary Grant Shapps said the news is a sign that the UK will be able to deliver its target of ending the sale of cars and vans powered solely by petrol and diesel by 2030.

He said:

“We want to drive decarbonisation on the global stage, which is why we’re going further and faster to make the journeys of our future as clean as possible.

With news that the half-a-million milestone has now been met, together with the UK now having the second largest EV market in Europe, it’s clear that the shift to green motoring is accelerating at speed.”

The government has pledged a £2.8 billion package of measures to help industry and drivers to make the switch to cleaner vehicles including £1.3 billion for charge points.

Reflex Vehicle Hire has been supporting the roll out of electric vehicles. In addition to providing a growing array of plug-in cars and vans for hire, we also offer the Reflex Renewable Drive Programme, which helps fleet managers to expand their knowledge by getting behind the wheel of zero-emission vehicles.

For details on the wealth of vehicles available on flexible terms from Reflex Vehicle Hire, review our Vehicle Selection page or contact one of our expert team members.


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