Sales of new electric cars are at an all-time high in the UK.

Figures released from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) this week show that registrations of battery electric vehicles skyrocketed in July by nearly 160 per cent.

2,271 pure electric cars were registered last month, compared to the 880 that rolled off dealer forecourts in the same period last year.

While EVs only represent 1.4 per cent of the new car market, it’s promising news for the switch to a greener future on the UK’s roads.

Adrian Keen, chief financial officer at InstaVolt, said: “Drivers are increasingly embracing electric vehicles and companies like ours are working hard to make sure the charging infrastructure is in place for them. In the last few weeks we’ve been proud to announce construction is underway on our 400th charger and there are plenty more in the pipeline for the growing number of EV drivers.”

InstaVolt was the first company in the UK to launch as a ‘fully open’ tap to pay network, meaning drivers don’t need a subscription, membership or RFID card to pay. The simple approach has been hailed by drivers and motor journalists alike.

Drivers can pay by simply tapping their contactless credit or debit card, or even their smart watch if it’s geared up for contactless payments.

InstaVolt is one of the UK’s favourite rapid charging networks. In a Zap-Map survey last year, it was named as the top public network that can be used by multiple models of electric vehicle, with particular praise for its ease of use.

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