An FoI request has revealed that the number of electric vehicles on the island has more than doubled in little over two years.

The request had asked for the number of vehicles registered each year going back to 2017 but the DoI was unable to provide because of how it keeps its records.

‘The information held by the Vehicle Test Centre on the number of registered electric vehicles does not allow for reporting on a monthly/annual basis, therefore we are unable to provide you with the information in the format you have requested,’ the DoI said.

However, it was able to confirm that as of December 14 there were 738 EVs registered on the island.

This has grown from just below 300 in July 2019. The steepest increase in that time was between March and July this year.

The increase comes as Manx Utilities continues to roll out its charging units across the island, including the recent introduction of the charging points on the prom.

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