In October, BEV and PHEVs experienced continued growth in new car registrations, whilst the remaining electrified vehicles including HEVs and MHEVs (both petrol and diesel) slowed down.

Overall, new car sales experienced a 24.6% decrease in October compared to the same month last year, the latest SMMT Figures showed. In total, 1,422,879 new cars have been registered in 2021.

In October, Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) rose by a staggering 73.1% and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) grew by 7.5%. Registrations of diesel vehicles declined 66.4% and petrol declined by 30.6%. Hybrid electric vehicles experienced 21.5% decrease compared to last year.

SMMT figures showed combined battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 23.1% of new vehicles hitting the road (24,537) units. BEVs accounted for 15.2% and PHEVs 7.9% respectively.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, said “The sustained growth experienced by the plug-in and battery electric vehicle sectors is encouraging. In line with consumers’ uptake, retailers are also embracing the transition to zero emissions as demonstrated by the enthusiastic response to NFDA’s Government-backed, recently reopened accreditation scheme Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA).

“Franchised dealers remain the go-to place to buy a new car with consumer appetite to experience electric vehicles continuously growing and footfall rising in showrooms. Motorists seek advice and reassurance as they want to understand EVs, which, for many, differ in specification and operation from the car they been used to.”