Number of plug-in cars on British roads soars in 2018: SMMT

Source: Xinhua| 2019-04-13 19:20:08|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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LONDON, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The number of plug-in electric cars on British roads rose by over three quarters in 2018, according to data released Saturday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Figures showed that British plug-in car ownership grew by 76.6 percent in 2018, compared with the previous year, with a record 195,410 vehicles now on British roads.

"Overall ownership of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) increased by almost 30 percent last year, with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric cars now in use," said the SMMT.

Meanwhile, a survey revealed that female car ownership hit a record high, with over 12 million units owned by women, up 1.4 percent from 2017.

"Thanks to massive investment from manufacturers in delivering a wide range of models across all fuel types, to suit all driving needs, environmental gains are now being delivered across the UK," Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said.

"Fleet renewal is proven to work so we need a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure to give motorists the confidence to buy the latest, cleanest cars, whatever the fuel type, in the greater numbers we need to meet environmental challenges," said Hawes.