Figures reveal the UK's best-selling plug-in cars

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Electric vehicle sales in the UK are continuing to pick up pace.

The latest DVLA figures have revealed there were nearly 60,000 electric or plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK as of April this year, Auto Express reports.

The number of plug-in grant eligible cars registered in the UK is up 10,549 from the end of last year, to 58,469.

While there is an increasingly wide range of models on the roads, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV accounted for nearly a third of those sales.

The DVLA figures, which were analysed by the RAC Foundation, showed there were 19,945 plug-in hybrid electric Outlanders registered in the UK in April 2016. The second best-selling electric or plug-in car was the Nissan Leaf, with 12,469 registrations in April.

However, the Leaf is the UK's best-selling battery-electric car, as it comes with an electric-only drivetrain. In comparison, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV utilises a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine designed to complement the batteries and electric motor.

The BMW i3 takes third place, with more than 4,500 registrations. With a choice of two drive trains, owners can boost the electric car's range.

Director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, notes that "the ultra-green car market remains a two-horse race."

However, Gooding highlights concerns among manufacturers that the changes to the plug-in car grant scheme in March of this year could impact consumer behaviour as the maximum grant dropped from £5,000 to £4,500 and, in some cases, is as little as £2,500.

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