Electric car market has ‘real momentum’: Baroness Kramer
Sales of ‘plug in cars have increased from just 111 in 2010 to 3,585 in 2013, Baroness Kramer told delegates at the Electric Vehicle Summit which was held at Surrey University yesterday (16 Sept).
Baroness Kramer, minister of state for transport, added that between January and the end of August 2014, almost 6,000 electric cars have been sold - nearly three times the equivalent number last year.
She said the figures show “real momentum in the electric car market” but the current numbers “will be dwarfed by what’s to come over the next few decades”.
She told delegates that running costs are low, the cars are “fantastic to drive” and there is a model for every buyer.
Baroness Kramer made no reference in her speech to safety fears, raised recently by GEM and others, relating to the fact that electric vehicles are virtually silent.
Baroness Kramer said: “We are clear that we want Britain to be the world’s leading market for electric and low carbon vehicles.
“By the end of this year, there will be rapid chargepoints in every motorway service station in England, taking as little as 20 minutes to charge up a car.
“The electric car market is already growing faster than anyone thought just a few years ago. But the prospects for the future are even more exciting.
“Because we’re not just making the most radical change to motoring for generations. We’re transforming the landscape of our towns. We’re slashing transport emissions. We’re creating many thousands of highly skilled manufacturing jobs.
"And by working hand in hand, we’re securing a more sustainable future for our country - together.”
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