Chart of the week: electric cars move into the fast lane

Chart of electric and hybrid car registrations

The take-up rate of electric and hybrid cars has accelerated, says Andrew Ellson in The Times. Almost 50,000 were sold in the first six months of 2016, a 22% year-on-year increase.

One in every 30 cars is now electric or hybrid, and at this rate, sales will eclipse those of petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2027.

The soaring demand for electricity to power these cars has prompted green power group Ecotricity, which runs most of the UK’s vehicle-charging stations, to introduce fees to maintain and grow its operations. Each charging point costs £50,000. “We’ve reached a tipping point,” it says.