Government officials and technical and safety experts are being given the opportunity to experience and test autonomous technology in a modified Nissan Leaf in London. These are the first demonstrations of Nissan’s autonomous drive technology on public roads in Europe and represent the next step in its Intelligent Mobility blueprint for how cars are driven, powered, and integrated into wider society.
Worldwide, some 91.3 million new cars were sold in 2016, 4.6% or 4m more than the previous year. China remained the largest market, with 27.2m new cars, 14% higher than 2015 and around 30% of all global sales. The USA finished the year slightly ahead on 17.5m sales, while India was up 7.5% at 3.34m and Mexico grew by 18.7% to 1.6m units.
UK EV growth
A record total of 36,907 electric vehicles were registered in the UK in 2016, up 29% year-on-year, prompting government and industry body, Go Ultra Low, to predict that there will be more than 100,000 plug-in cars on UK roads by the middle of this year.
EVs in Belgium are gaining in popularity while sentiment turns against diesel. Battery-electric and plug-in hybrids together represent the third-best score in the EU at 1.71% in 2016, rising from 7th place in the previous year. Only the Netherlands (3.42%) and Sweden (3.55%) have a larger overall market share.