In January, BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs and petrol all experienced growth. These figures were expected when taking into consideration the lockdowns in January 2021.

Overall, new car sales experienced a 27.5% increase in January compared to the same month last year, the latest SMMT Figures showed. In total, 115,087 new cars were registered in January

In January, Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) rose by an impressive 130.6% and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) followed with a 47.3% increase. Registrations of diesel vehicles declined -45.8% but petrol rose by 14.6%. Hybrid electric vehicles experienced a 98.1% increase compared to last year.

SMMT figures showed combined battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 20.4% of new vehicles hitting the road (23,480 units). BEVs accounted for 12.5% and PHEVs 7.9% respectively.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, said “It is encouraging to see that demand from private consumers drove the market in January, with extremely strong performances in the EV segments. At the same time, as customers come to terms with new vehicles’ lead times, also the used car market remains robust.

“To ensure sustained growth in the electric vehicle market as more models become available, NFDA encourages consumers to visit an Electric Vehicle Approved dealer where experts can help overcome any uncertainties around switching to EV.

“Last year, as showrooms were closed, retailers relied on online sales and click & collect; however, the majority of franchised dealers reported that the volume of online enquiries in January was stable or, in most cases, up from the same period in 2021, showing that consumer appetite is buoyant.

“Going forward, there is confidence that demand will pick up further as supply improves”.