Sales of hybrid cars in the UK have doubled in the last 12 months – making cleaner cars the fastest growing sector in the industry, according to Honda.

Year to date hybrid sales rose 111% from 3,117 to 6,568 cars.

Honda UK sold a record 604 Civic Hybrid sedans in May, bringing year to date sales to 1,136.

Increased corporate sales, as an increasing number of public and private companies recognise the financial and environmental benefits of running hybrid cars, contributed to the result, Honda said.

City Car Club, a ‘pay as you go’ car-sharing scheme based in the London borough of Camden, has ordered 45 of the petrol-electric Hondas for its clients to use.