Electric Car Sales Plummeted in UK in 2009

Groups reports sales fell to 21 percent of 2007 sales level.

Published: 30-Dec-2010

SALES of electric cars have crashed – after the Government banked on there being booming demand.

A report from the Co-operative reveals less than £1million worth of electric vehicles were sold last year, down from £4.7m in 2007. Despite the slump, the coalition is about to introduce a £5,000 grant for anyone buying one.

Trade body the Electrical Contractors’ Association also fears there won’t be enough charging points to make it viable. Yet the Co-op study suggests the money could be better spent, with sales of petrol and diesel-powered cars in the ultra-low tax band A bracket rocketing 67% to £370m since 2007.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Arcimotor plans to sell the vehicle for under $20,000.

The all-electric prototype took two years and $100,000 to build and has range of 50 miles.

Front view of Arcimoto Pulse being developed outside Portland, Oregon.

Professional planner Larry Weymouth thinks our urban transportation system can be adapted to the realities of the new century.


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