Tue, Aug 28, 2018 6:41 PM
The 2016 Renault Zoe has topped the UK used car charts for July, the first time an electric car has been named the fastest-selling car in Britain.
The data provided by Auto Trader has found that the Zoe took on average just 18 days to be sold after arriving on a car dealer’s forecourt. It’s been a great month for greener energy cars with the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV also proving popular on a regional basis, with Londoners snapping them up within just 12 days of them arriving on forecourts in the capital. With London’s congestion charges making drivers feel the pinch, it’s likely that EV and PHEV vehicles in this region are to become more highly sought after with the public keen to snap up used-car bargains when they appear.
It’s not all about the electric vehicles though, second on the national list was the 2013 Peugeot 308 diesel hatchback which also took only 18 days to be sold. The 2015 Volvo XC60 was third on the list with 19 days.
Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, said: “It’s extremely encouraging to see such a solid performance from AFVs in July, which is a great reflection of a wider softening of consumer resistance. There’s clearly some way to go before mass adoption, but with sales of ultra-low and zero emission cars growing 25.3% during the second quarter of 2018, electric and hybrid cars are fast becoming a desirable addition to forecourts.
"For both the used and new markets, education will be key to driving adoption; to help inform their customers of the many benefits of AFVs, retailers can use the details in our recently launched Electric Hub.”