Data shows that registrations increased by more than 27% on the previous year with an ever-expanding range of plug-in vehicles available to motorists.

From January to December, motorists flocked to buy ultra-low emission vehicles, with 46,522 registered in 2017 and the total number of plug-in cars on UK roads passing 130,000.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “2017 was a stellar year for electric vehicle registrations with strong growth of 27%, demonstrating the massive consumer appetite for 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

“There are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles on UK roads, a figure that could pass 190,000 this year as new models come to market and consumers reap the cost saving benefits of electric driving.”

Across the country, several regions stood out with London (9,274) and Eastern England (8,685) registering the most electric vehicles, a rise of 42% and 21% respectively on 2016. Meanwhile, the South West and Scotland grew the fastest, boosting plug-in uptake by 140% and 70% respectively against the previous year.