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.

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