Record breaking month for alternatively fuelled vehicles

6th March 2017

Record breaking month for alternatively fuelled vehicles.

Alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) have had a record-breaking month for sales.

According to the latest figures from the SMMT, AFVs had a 48.9% uplift in February, taking a 4% market share.

Tim Payne, CEO of InstaVolt, says it’s further proof that drivers in the UK are embracing electric and ultra low emission vehicles.

He said: “The figures are very encouraging, particularly coupled with the fact that adoption of electric vehicles rose 3.3% last year. It seems that motorists in the UK are welcoming new technologies and open to making a change.

“What is important is that we now work to improve the country’s charging infrastructure so that those who do make the switch are able to charge their electric cars quickly and easily. As the number of electric vehicles on our roads increases, so too must the number of chargers. As a company we have ambitious plans to install more than 3,000 rapid charging units by 2020.”

Buyers registered a record 3,308 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) in February. The SMMT says this was partly driven by new AFV models going on sale, a result of major investments by manufacturers into cutting edge, fuel-efficient technology.

Petrol registrations experienced an increase – rising 5.8% to 42,826 units – while demand for diesel cars fell -9.2% compared to the same month in 2016.