Electric car sales would increase twofold in U.K. in 2013

Electric car usage would be doubled in U.K. in 2013 and this increase is thought to be due to the decrease in prices and the increase in charging points.

According to Ben Lane, managing editor of the website nextgreencar.com, the number of fully electric cars would rise from 3,000 to 6,000 but the increase in using the electric vehicles is still very slow. Moreover, many of the 3,000 electric cars are in company fleets in Britain.

BMW i3 Electric Car will be launched next year (Credit: BMW)
BMW i3 Electric Car will be launched next year (Credit: BMW)

Lane explained, “The pricing is not yet quite right and the range is still not long enough. Very few people in 2012 were willing to pay a significant sum more for a car that still cannot do everything.”

As for example, new explained is available at £13,650 ($ 22048) i.e. considerably lower price than the competitors but the owners of the car have to rent a battery from Renault at £70 ($113) per month, which decreases savings on fossil fuel consumption. “It is still a step in the right direction and other cheaper cars will arrive, such as a ‘no-frills’ Nissan Leaf,” said Lane.

According to Transport for London, the number of charging points will also increase from 900 to 1,300 next year. At this time, electric cars cannot always be charged while being away from the point of origination.

Although the prices of new cars, which will be more stylish, will remain high but the long term leases would help on older models.

Lane explained: “Companies will not advertise low prices, but it could be possible to get an electric car for as little as £150 per month on a long-term lease. They will be keen to get older cars off their hands as new ones arrive on the market, so it will be possible to drive a hard bargain.”


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