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DELIVERY lead times for electric cars could start getting longer this year as demand increases.

Electric vehicle consumer advice website DrivingElectric.com reported that EVs are already  taking a little longer to arrive with customers as global demand for the technology grows faster than for conventional vehicles.

Research by the site shows that lead times for electric cars in the UK typically stretch from 10 or 12 weeks to an expected six months for the new Jaguar I-PACE.

Supplies are already low on some models. Kia said its Soul EV, due to be replaced by a new model, is out of ‘free stock’ with just a few left in showrooms.

But plug-in hybrids and pure electric cars in the Hyundai range have a four-month wait for delivery – while the Kona Electric has proved so popular globally that the waiting time is now 10 months.

DrivingElectric.com reported that during 2018 the total of all new car registrations was nearly 7% down by November compared with the same period in 2017. But pure electric cars were up by over 10%.


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Chris Wright
Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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