Electric car sales in the UK have hit record levels as Brits look to ditch diesel and petrol in favour of a zero-emissions vehicle before the 2040 ban takes hold.

Over 35,000 plug-in cars have been sold this year in the UK, according to figures revealed by Go Ultra Low.

Plug-in hybrids take the mammoth share of these sales with 24,276 motorists registering cars while pure electric vehicle sales currently sit at 11,217.

This is an increase of 37 per cent for all-electric cars and a 15 per cent rise in plug-in hybrid sales.

In addition to plug-in cars sales rising, regular hybrid sales have leapt by almost 50 per cent to 57,904.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “It is great to see that the popularity of plug-in cars continues to grow at a record pace.”

The increase in sales of these low/zero-emissions cars can, in part, be attributed to the ban of petrol and diesel car announcement for 2040.

Revelations of the VW emissions cheat scandal has also damaged the reputation of diesel cars.

This fleeting status of these once revered vehicles is only being damaged further by introductions of clean air initiates such as the toxin tax and statistics about the number of premature deaths these cars can be attributed to.

Diesel cars typically emit more NOX than petrol cars which can lead to repertory issues among Brits. 

More UK cities seem to be taking an active approach to clamping down on air pollution across the UK with Oxford leading the way by plotting to ban all cars, except electric, by 2020.

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