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July 20, 2017updated 09 Apr 2021 12:42pm

1m EVs expected on UK roads by 2022

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022.

Recharge network operator Chargemaster projects 1m electric cars will be on UK roads by 2022.

Allowing for a modest increase in adoption, the projection is based on a growth in electric vehicles of just over 7% of new car registrations.

Chief executive David Martell said in a statement: "We have seen tremendous growth in the uptake of electric cars over the past five years, as they've become more competitive in terms of costs, and more practical in terms of range. The number of EVs on UK roads has increased from fewer than 2,000 in July 2012 to more than 100,000 today. We expect the UK electric vehicle parc to rise to more than 1m by the middle 2022, but it could grow to as much as 1.4m.

"Over the next five years, a significant number of new models will have a range of more than 200 miles, with a lower purchase price than their earlier vehicles. Consumers will also be able to choose from larger range of electric vehicles, from manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Volvo, as well as significant new models such as the Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model 3."

The UK's 100,000th plug-in car was registered in May.

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