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Electric vehicles roar up Britain's sales rankings

EV sales are rising in the UK as political changes in Europe help fuel the transition away from fossil-fuel engines

Sales of hybrid and electric vehicles in the UK hit a record high in May as buyers turned their back on diesel cars. Data for May released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) this week showed that 11,240 units were sold last month, a 38% increase on 2017, while the market share for EVs and hybrids also increased to 5.8% on the previous year's figure of 4.4%. So far, in the first five months total sales are at 57,000, representing a rise of 19.5%. Political shifts in Western Europe in recent weeks are also expected to support momentum towards faster adoption of electric vehicles. The populist Five Star Movement that has become the majority partner in a new Italian co

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