Electric Or Hybrid Now Make-Up One In Ten Sales

Thu 5th Dec 2019

Another month of rising sales for EV and PHEV vehicles is tempered by a slump in new car sales and the continuing drop of diesel interest.

The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that there were 156,621 sales last month, which is a slip of 1.3% from November 2018 and continues a yearly decline of 2.7% in 2019.

The bad news for diesel goes on, with a shocking slide of 27.2%, on the back of increased taxation and the punishing ultra-low emission zone in London, a model which is being considered by many other city councils. The demise of diesel is best summed up by their market share which is now just 23.6%, it was level with petrol only two years ago.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s chief executive, said: “These are challenging times for the UK new car market, with another fall in November reflecting the current climate of uncertainty.

“It’s good news, however, to see registrations of electrified cars surging again, and 2020 will see manufacturers introduce plenty of new, exciting models to give buyers even more choice. Nevertheless, there is still a long way to go for these vehicles to become mainstream and, to grow uptake further, we need fiscal incentives, investment in charging infrastructure and a more confident consumer.”