EV Ownership Reveals North/South Divide

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular across the UK, but mostly in southern regions where ownership has increased by 150 per cent since 2016.

However, the launch of EVs has revealed another north/south divide in the country, as uptake has risen by as little as 11 per cent in the north over the same timeframe.

Admiral car insurance reported the greatest growth in EV registrations between 2016 and 2018 was in Cardiff, where it grew by 156 per cent. This was followed by Bristol (154 per cent).

However, the northern cities experienced the lowest growth rate of EV registrations during the two-year period, with Bradford, Blackburn and Warrington only seeing increases of 11, 41 and 46 per cent respectively.

Admiral’s head of motor Sabine Williams noted that the government intends to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, which means car owners will be swapping their vehicles for EV ones.

“We’ve seen from our data that the interest in the uptake of electric cars is definitely rising, with the number of them on our roads increasing by 95 per cent on average in the last three years,” she stated.

Ms Williams added EVs are likely to become more popular among buyers as they are “increasingly practical, sophisticated and stylish”.

Some MPs think the government’s targets are not ambitious enough, and petrol and diesel vehicles should be banned from 2030 instead.

Those on the parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee believe EVs will advance significantly over the next ten years so buyers can enjoy the same choice and prices of petrol and diesel motors with the environmentally friendly models, RAC reported.

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