The increase in the registration of new electric and hybrid cars in Cardiff South and Penarth is the second highest in Wales – according to the latest Government figures.
In Wales as a whole, electric car registrations rose by 35% during 2017 (a total of 760 vehicles) – but in Cardiff South and Penarth sales have zoomed up by a staggering 53.3%.
The increase here far outpaces the figure for the UK as a whole which recorded last year an increase of just 27% in electric vehicles
Surprisingly however the biggest increase in Wales is in the huge sprawling rural county of Powys where electric vehicle ownership rocketed upwards by 66.7%
The RAC Foundation said the figures were good news, but pointed out that electric vehicles are still only a tiny fraction of all the cars on the road. There are around 2,500 electic or hybrid electric vehicles currently on the roads of Wales but sales are increasing exponentially
Also on the increase is the number of charging sites across the UK . There are now 4,476 charging stations with 12,849 individual “connectors” (the equivalent of the old-fashioned petrol pump).
Wessex Nissan – based near Penarth in Hadfield Road Cardiff – say the all-electric Nissan Leaf was their No 2 best-seller in the early part of 2017
A Wessex spokesman said that people were no longer concerned about limitations on range and were considering what they actually used a car for . He said “The cost of running the car is effectively on the floor – and electric vehicle ownership has become a lot cheaper over the last 12-18 months. “
A new electric car, the Nissan Leaf II, is going on sale at the end of January which has an extended range of 236 miles per charge (which equates in real-world terms to about 180 “driveable miles“). There is a Government grant of £4,500 on each vehicle making the total cost of a mid-range model about £27,000.