There has been a 'remarkable surge' in demand for ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK, with sales of plug-in hybrid cars increasing four-fold in 2014.
New annual figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) - including electric cars and hybrids - rose by 58% last year, with 51,739 new AFVs registered.
AFV sales accounted for a market share of 2.1% in 2014 - up from 1.4% a year earlier. Overall car sales increased by 9.3% to just south of 2.5 million.
"The year was particularly strong for alternatively-fuelled vehicles as increased choice, coupled with a growing desire for reduced costs and greater efficiency, resulted in a quadrupling of plug-in car registrations over 2013," explained SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.