Electric car ownership surges fastest in North West of England

Electric car ownership surges fastest in North West of England

The North West of England enjoyed faster growth in electric car ownership than any other part of the country last year, a fresh analysis of government stats has revealed. The adoption of electric vehicles has been picking up pace across the United Kingdom.

Leasing comparison site LeaseLoco obtained government stats through a Freedom of Information request, and a subsequent analysis of the data revealed that the number of electric cars registered in the North West region of England more than tripled over the course of 2020.

In January 2020, stats released by the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) showed that just over 7,000 electric cars were registered in North West part of England. Twelve months later, the number of electric cars registered in the region grew to just under 22,000. The figures represent an increase of 214 per cent over a period of just twelve months.

According to the analysis, the North West experienced the fastest growth than any other region in the country over the course of last year, in spite of the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

South-west England emerged as the region with second highest number of electric car registrations, with a 142 per cent growth year-over-year. The regions of Humber and Yorkshire rounded out the top three with a growth rate of 132 per cent.

North East region and the West Midlands emerged at the opposite side of the scale, with lowest growth in the number of electric car registrations. These two regions experienced growth of 45 per cent and 54 per cent in electric car registrations, respectively.

John Wilmot, the chief executive of LeaseLoco, said that the analysis of the DVLA stats showed a huge disparity between various regions of the country.

Commenting on the findings, Wilmot said, “The government will start feeling the pressure if EV registrations don’t show signs of accelerating and momentum are lost on its journey to ‘Road to Zero’ emissions.”

As per the analysis, Northern Ireland had merely 2,549 EVs on the public roads – the fewest in the country. However, the region saw an 83 per cent jump in new electric car registrations over the previous twelve-month period. South East part of the country boasts to have the highest number of electric cars on public reads, with over 51,200 EVs registered at the opening of 2020. South West part of England emerged as the region with the second highest number of EVs (just under 28,000) on public roads, despite its rural image.