UK Electric Car Registrations Increase Rapidly In August

According to a report from SMMT, the new car market remained steady in August with a small decrease of 1.6%. The reason for this decrease links to falling demand for diesel and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

SMMT Stats:

  • Private and fleet sectors seen a 1.7% decrease.
  • Diesel registrations fell 12.2%
  • Petrol demand was up 1.0%
  • Zero emission cars increased 377.5%.
  • Hybrid electric cars seen an increase of 36.2%
  • Plug-in hybrid registrations declined 71.8%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “August is typically the new car market’s quietest month so the huge increase in EV registrations is very visible but especially welcome. It’s great to see consumers respond to the massive industry investment made over many years. While this is encouraging, these figures also show the scale of the challenge ahead. It’s a long road to zero and while manufacturers can deliver the technology, they can’t dictate the pace of uptake. To support a smooth transition and deliver environmental gains now, we need a long-term government commitment to measures that give consumers confidence to invest in the latest technologies that best suit their needs.”

For more information, head over to SMMT.