While the UK’s new car marked declined for a sixth consecutive month in September, alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) have bucked the trend with significant growth.
The SMMT released its latest new car registration figures today. And while overall registrations fell by 9.3% this month, demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles accelerated rapidly. Some 22,628 left forecourts in September, up 41% on last month and up 34.6% year-to-date.
Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, said: “While it’s a shame for the UK’s automotive market to see a slow down in new car sales overall, it’s encouraging that sales of AFVs are on the rise. With air quality high on the media agenda and uncertainty about the future for diesel vehicles, it is clear that some buyers are hesitant to commit to the traditional fuel options, and that AFVs are becoming a mainstream consideration.”