New car sales of electric vehicles continue to increase at a pace.
In the first three months of the year, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEV) have doubled from 31,779 to 64,165 year-on-year whilst in the same period petrol vehicles are down from 209,212 to 177,769 (by 15%) and diesel by a half from 48,574 to 23,686 - Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
A few years ago, it would be hard to imagine BEV now outstripping diesel by approaching three times. These figures exclude the hybrid variants, so the take-up of electric is even more pronounced.
Two factors may still be hindering the rapid growth in electric vehicles, namely, availability of charging points and being able to make long interrupted journeys without the need for recharging.
BUT, these constraints could be about to change.
Mercedes-Benz has successfully test driven a prototype vehicle (EQXX) which has travelled over 1,000km on a single charge. This is the equivalent of traveling from Ascot to Inverness and still having enough charge to get to John O’Groats!!
This bodes well for cautious buyers who may be anxious about sufficient widespread charging capacity for electric vehicles.