Havering one of the fastest areas in the country to adopt electric cars

PUBLISHED: 12:15 27 February 2018

A car being charged at an electric point

A car being charged at an electric point


New figures show that there are 32 times more electric cars on Havering’s roads than there were just six years ago, one of the largest increases in the whole of the UK.

Electric car technology is advancing rapidly, and the latest figures suggest that Havering is getting on board the green revolution.

Over the 12 months up to September 2017, the number of registered plug-in vehicles in the area increased by 34pc - one of the biggest rises in the country.

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

From July 2016 and September 2016 there were 197 electric vehicles.

However by the latest quarter, from July 2017 to September 2017, that figure had grown to 263, a jump of 66 or 34%.

But back in 2012 in Havering 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.

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.

One reason electric cars might have become more attractive to Havering’s drivers is that they are exempt from road tax, as they do not release any emissions.

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

Compared with the 263 electric cars on the borough’s roads, there are 127,681 petrol or diesel cars and vans, according to the latest complete vehicle registration data from 2016.

A Havering Council spokeswoman said: “This is good news for our borough, especially our local environment as electric vehicles have a smaller environmental impact, and will create a reduction in vehicle emissions in Havering.

“It’s encouraging that our residents recognise the value of using electric vehicles and we will continue to review our local electric vehicle charging infrastructure to support any further growth.”

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