Global electric vehicle sales have risen 63 per cent in Q3, thanks largely to strong Chinese demand.

Sales of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids exceeded 287,000 units in the three months ended in September, 63 percent higher than the same quarter a year ago and up 23 percent from the second quarter, according to a report released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

China accounted for more than half of global sales as its market for electric cars doubled amid government efforts to curb pollution.

Charging of electric vehicle
BNEF expects global EV sales to surpass 1 million units this year for the first time. The market for electrified transport is starting to pick up speed as charging infrastructure becomes more accessible and manufacturers roll out models with longer driving ranges.

In 2017, many established carmakers from Jaguar Land Rover to Volvo Cars announced plans to bring electric versions of their vehicles to market in the next few years.

Meanwhile the UK committed $530m to go towards electric vehicle charging infrastructure, when its budget was announced on Thursday.