ELECTRIC and hybrid models continue to defy overall sales dip
The number of alternatively fuelled vehicles sold in September was up 41 per cent compared with last year.
This defied a decline in the new car market, which saw an overall drop of almost 10 per cent, fuelled largely by the continued bad press for diesel that contributed to 21.7 per cent fewer diesels being sold.
However, the actual number of hybrid and electric vehicles leaving dealer forecourts is still dwarfed by traditionally fuelled vehicles.
With 22,628 registrations, they hold a 5.3 per cent market share (up from 3.4 per cent last year) compared with 40.1 per cent for diesel and 54.6 per cent for petrol.
The figure for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) are just as impressive when year-to-date figures are taken into account.
By the end of September, AFV sales were up by nearly 35 per cent, with petrol increasing just three per cent and diesel dropping almost 14 per cent.
Industry body the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which released the figures, blamed confusion surrounding air quality plans for a drop in demand for vehicles.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: “September is always a barometer of the health of the UK new car market so this decline will cause considerable concern.
“Business and political uncertainty is reducing buyer confidence, with consumers and businesses more likely to delay big ticket purchases.”