According to figures published by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Foundation, second quarter sales of plug-in vehicles in the UK slipped to just 215 units. That's down from the 465 plug-in vehicles sold in the UK during the first three months of 2011 and way below the 1,708 Nissan Leafs sold in the U.S. in a single month. Year-to-date numbers show that only 680 plug-ins have been delivered to buyers in the UK.
Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, says that:
However, a spokesman for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the numbers are misleading and notes that it's "still such an early stage" for electric vehicles. Ain't that the truth.The figures show the mountain we have to climb if the national car fleet of 28 million vehicles is to turn truly green. Even with the grants, electric cars are still much more expensive than similar-sized petrol and diesel models.