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UK electric car buyers hit the accelerator

Government stats say 1,700 have been purchased between January 2011 and June 2012, but industry figures suggest toMore than 1,700 electric cars have now been registered under a government grant scheme since it began in January 2011, new figures have revealed.

Department of Transport (DfT) statistics published today show that from the beginning of April to the end of June, 473 new electric cars were purchased as part of the plug-in grant scheme, which offers buyers £5,000 off the list price of 10 electric car models.

This is more than double the 215 cars registered over the same period last year and also represents a significant increase on the 371 purchased during the first quarter of 2012. It takes the number of claims made to the end of June up to a total of 1,706 – more than double the 680 registered by the end of June 2011.

However, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has also published figures stating that by the end of June 809 eligible cars had been purchased, suggesting more have been bought than registered for the scheme.


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