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Hybrids lead the charge as green cars smash through sales barrier

'City should be shouting about its great road, rail and air links'

Plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars now account for more than 1% of new vehicle sales in the UK. In the five months to the end of May, 11,842 ultra-low-emission vehicles were sold in the UK, four times the 2,838 sold over the same period last year. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show a 2.4% rise in new-car registrations last month, the slowest since the summer of 2012. Total new vehicle sales in the first five months of the year rose from 1.06m to 1.12m, meaning that nearly a sixth of the year-on-year increase in car sales was attributable to ultra-low emission vehicles.


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