Electric car sales sluggish

Electric car sales remain sluggish, despite government incentives to encourage their uptake, according to new research from automotive intelligence firm JATO Dynamics. Just 599 electric vehicles were registered in the UK in the first half, with road-users unconvinced by subsidies amounting to around €6,400 (£5473) over the typical five-year life of a vehicle. However, sales are far higher than last year, when just 29 electric vehicles were registered in the same period. The UK is the fourth largest market in Europe for the nascent sector, trailing Germany, with 1,020 sales, France with 953 and Norway with 850. A JATO spokesman said the market is set for significant growth but needs to convince buyers they are fit for purpose.