Boost to electric car numbers in Oxfordshire

More than 1,500 new electric cars were registered in Oxfordshire in 2021 boosting the number of electric cars in the county.

The Government is aiming to entirely phase out petrol and diesel-powered cars by 2030, with battery electric vehicles planned to account for all car sales by 2035.

Auto Trader said the recent surge is positive, but that electric cars are still too expensive for many people to make the switch from petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.

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Department for Transport figures show there were 5,338 battery-electric vehicles in Oxfordshire at the end of last year – up from 3,784 at the end of 2020, a 41 per cent rise.

It meant 1,554 electric vehicles were newly registered in 2021 – though this was less than the 1,918 the year before.

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This story was written by Rebecca Whittaker, she joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Rebecca covers education and news in Abingdon and Wantage.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Rebecca.Whittaker@newquest.co.uk or calling 07824524333

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