Electric car sales double in one year

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The number of plug-in electric cars registered has more than doubled in the year to the end of June. The Motor Industry Association said there were 1641 battery-powered electric vehicles registered, compared with only 611 at the same time last year.

Chief executive David Crawford said the introduction of the Government’s clean car discount, which started this month, has encouraged buyers.

Crawford said shipping delays meant car yards had lengthy waiting lists.
“The car yards are the emptiest I’ve seen in the time that I’ve been in this job which is coming up to nine years. The level of stock holding in the country at the moment is the lowest I’ve seen.”

He said customers were waiting between three to five months to receive their cars.

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