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

Overall, new car sales experienced a 34.4% decrease in September compared to the same month last year, the latest SMMT Figures showed. In total, 1,316,614 new cars have been registered in 2021.

In September, Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) rose by 49.4% and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) similarly grew by 11.5%. Registrations of diesel vehicles declined 77.3% and petrol declined by 46.6%. Hybrid electric vehicles experienced a 5.1% decrease compared to last year.

SMMT figures showed combined battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 21.6% of new vehicles hitting the road (46,605) units. BEVs accounted for 15.2% and PHEVs 6.4% respectively.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, said “It is positive [to see] that the plug-in electric vehicle market continues to expand. Franchised dealers have been investing in their sites and staff training to support the transition to zero emissions and the growth of the market demonstrates it.”

Despite on-going supply issues and the more recent issues relating to fuel shortages, dealers remain optimistic that the remainder of the year will produce stronger results. Whilst petrol and diesel cars have continued to decline, issues relating to fuel shortages have adversely boosted EV enquires and sales which is good news for changing consumer habits.