UK new passenger car registrations saw a decline of -27.4% in November, with 113,781 units, according to the latest SMMT’s new passenger car registration figures. Year to date, 1,498,382 new cars have been registered, a decline of -30.7% from last year. In November, private demand fell by -32.2% while registrations by fleets saw a decline of -22.1%

Whilst petrol and diesel declined, registrations of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) continued to grow significantly, up 122.4% and 76.9% respectively in November. BEVs recorded their ‘third highest ever monthly share of registrations at 9.1%’. Year to date, BEVs saw an increase 162.2% and PHEVs are up 89.4% from 2019’s levels. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) remained stable in November (0.3%) and are up 10.2% in 2020 with a 6.8 yearly market share.

Despite the overall decline in new car sales, this was a “far stronger performance than the spring lockdown as dealers were better prepared for ‘click and collect’ retail for their customers”, Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, said.

Sue Robinson added: “The significant, sustained growth in the electric vehicle sector is positive, especially given the challenging 2030 deadline to end the sale of internal combustion engine cars. Dealers continue to work hard to meet consumer demand, as the uptake of our Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) accreditation scheme demonstrates, but it is important that businesses and customers continue to be supported during this transition”.