ELECTRIC car sales rose by a staggering 91 per cent in Spain last month, in contrast to an overall industry fall of nearly a quarter.

The 136 of the eco-friendly cars to leave the forecourt made little impact on the total of 49,240 cars sold in April though, down 23.2 per cent on the same period last year.

Among the hardest hit were hybrid cars, which dropped 33.9 per cent despite the sale of 3,324 models including the Toyota Prius.

The total number of cars sold in the first four months of 2012 is 253,359, down 6.9 per cent on last year.

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