There’s been a slow start to the UK’s electric car revolution.
UK government junior transport minister Norman Baker revealed the figures to Parliament.
A government-funded incentive scheme, paying £5000 to people who buy the cars, helps offset the higher price of the vehicles. They cost typically at least a third more than conventionally-powered equivalents.
The Leaf costs about £28,000.
Sales will obviously rise as more of the nine cars that qualify for the grant come onto the market. They include Vauxhall’s Ampera, the Volt from Chevrolet and the all-electric version of Toyota’s Prius hybrid.
The AA calculates electric car running costs at about 2p per mile, against around 14p per mile for a similar-sized petrol or diesel car. They pay no vehicle excise duty, have cheaper insurance premiums, are exempt from London’s Congestion Charge and can be charged for free at some public car parks.