New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on Monday 7 January have revealed that Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) registrations increased by 24.9% in 2018 compared with 2017. However, the SMMT said that figures showed that growth of this type of vehicle is slowing following the government’s decision to remove the plug-in car grant in October. Pointing to European Automobile Manufacturers Association figures, the SMMT said that the pace of growth of plug-in cars is now falling significantly behind the EU average. Additionally, the SMMT figures show that electric vehicle registrations saw an increase of 13.8% from 2017 to 2018.