New figures have revealed a huge slump in the numbers of electric cars sold this year, with the situation so bad that one of London's two distributors of the vehicles has gone into administration.
The data obtained by website www.cleangreencars.co.uk show that just 156 electric cars were sold from January to October compared with 374 for the same period last year.
Richard Bremner, the website's editor, commented: "While volumes are still tiny, any drop in electric car sales will come as a shock to most people.
"Perhaps the market for quirky electric vehicles like the Mega City and G-Wiz have had their day. Buyers could be holding off for cars from mainstream manufacturers, although they may still have years to wait before mass production is a reality."
The company added that electric car distributor the Nice Car Company had gone into administration after two years of selling an all-electric version of the French-made Aixam Mega.
There are around 1,100 all-electric cars currently on UK roads, most of which are owned by Londoners. The vehicles are quadricycles rather than fully type-approved cars.
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