Sales of electric and hybrid car sales hit record levels in the UK in March in a further sign of the accelerating shift away from petrol and diesel.
Sales of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids accounted for a combined 13.9% of the market, up from 7.3% a year earlier, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
A total of 22,000 electric cars and another 17,000 plug-in hybrids were sold. Tesla's Model 3 electric car was the UK's third best-selling vehicle last month with almost 6,600 registrations.
SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said although the pandemic had led to the industry going through very difficult times, the EV sales figures were a positive trend.
"New plug-in models are already helping drive a recovery but to convince more retail consumers to make the switch, they must be assured these new technologies will be convenient for their driving needs and that means, above all, that the charging infrastructure is there where they need it, and when they need it,” he said.
Meanwhile, a report from consultancy Knight Frank said that commercial property sites that cannot accommodate the needs of EV users at sufficient scale will be less attractive to occupiers.