East Devon plugging into green revolution by choosing electric cars

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 July 2018

An electric car charging on the street. Picture: Getty Images

An electric car charging on the street. Picture: Getty Images

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Motorists in East Devon are plugging into the green revolution and opting for electric cars, figures show.

Electric car technology is advancing rapidly, and the latest figures suggest East Devon is eager to get onboard.

The Journal has recently reported how businesses and people in Exmouth have been welcoming new ‘green’ initiatives, such as reducing plastic and promoting beach cleans.

And over the 2017-18 financial year, the number of registered plug-in vehicles in the area increased by 57 per cent.

Recently released Department for Transport statistics show the number of registered electric or plug-in hybrid cars, vans and micro cars, called quadricycles, in East Devon for each quarter of the year.

From January 2017 to March 2017 there were 156 electric vehicles. But by the latest quarter, from January to March this year, that figure had grown to 245, a jump of 89.

That’s less than the increase of 2,401 in Peterborough, which has the highest percentage of plug-in vehicles of any local authority in the United Kingdom.

But back in 2013 in East Devon there were just eight electric cars, which shows the progress the industry has made in a short time.

Over the past few years manufacturers have increased the range of their vehicles, and prices have lowered, helping fuel the rise in environmentally friendly vehicles.

The latest Nissan Leaf, the UK’s most popular entirely electric car, can now travel 235 miles before it needs to be recharged, 80 miles more than the previous version.

One advantage electric car users have over other vehicles is that they do not have to pay road tax, as they do not release any emissions.

Last month BP announced it would follow Shell and install charging points at its petrol stations and Dyson has also said it plans to release an electric car by 2020.

Electricity is also far cheaper than petrol and diesel, and green drivers have the satisfaction of helping save the planet.

However plug-in vehicles still make up a tiny percentage of the cars on the road in East Devon.

Compared with the 245 electric cars on our roads, there are 93,200 cars and vans in total, according to the latest complete vehicle registration data from 2017.

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