Many people were cynical about the introduction of electric-powered vehicles. Some saw it as a fad, a green, eco-friendly flash in the pan that would never last. However, there have been signs interest in electric vehicles may be on the increase, with news that sales have risen by 200% in the last 12 months. If that was not impressive enough, it has been announced the Tesla Model 3 is now the third biggest-selling new car in the United Kingdom. It seems the success of electric cars may not be so fleeting after all!
You only have to look at the numbers, with the news there were over two thousand new registered owners of Tesla Model 3 cars in August 2019. This saw the Model 3 succeed renowned, bestselling models like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Corsa. The Model 3 was only placed behind the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Fiesta when it came to new registrations in August.
Although, it must be said, purely electrically powered vehicles may still only make up a small proportion of overall car sales, comprising 1.1% in 2019. On the other hand, the number of battery electric vehicles sold have increased by twice as much since last August, where sales rose from more than 9,000 last year to more than 17,000 in 2019.
The carmaker Tesla, the brainchild of US billionaire technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, is known for being on the cutting edge of electric car manufacture, and the rise of Tesla, and the fact their Model 3 was named the third most popular new car in the UK in August, only highlights the impact they have made on motoring in this country.
As a matter of fact, the UK has seen a jump in sales of battery electric vehicles by almost two-fifths, which only demonstrates how electrics are becoming more popular and an increasingly common sight on British roads.