United Kingdom electric auto sales reach a record high

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 8, 2017

The rise in AFVs seems to have taken a chunk out of diesels market share, which saw a -4.3% drop compared to January 2016.

Fresh figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 7,279 "alternatively fuelled vehicles" were registered in January.

Elsewhere in the United Kingdom, the industry saw growth - with England leading the way with an increase of more than 3 per cent in registrations year-on-year.

Registrations by private motorists had the strongest performance, rising 5% to 76,726 new cars. The SMMT has calculated that Britain leaving the European Union without a negotiated trade deal and instead operating under current WTO tariffs would add £1,500 to the price of an imported auto bought in the UK.

Bruce suggested that an increase in excise duty which will be paid on many new auto sales due to come into force in April might be bringing forward some demand to the first three months of the year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, says: "Vans are the backbone of British business, so it is positive to see the strength of the market continue into 2017".

He added: "It's encouraging to see alternatively fuelled vehicles benefiting from this positive growth, reaching a record market share".

The Ford Fiesta remained Britain's most bought vehicle, with 8495 sales ensuring it easily beat the Volkswagen Golf, which sold in 5455 units to finish second.

The automotive industry is an integral market within the United Kingdom economy, accounting for more than £71.6 billion in turnover and £18.9bn in value added.

The month as a whole continued a steady trend of growth in overall January vehicle sales that's been in place since 2011.

It also accounts for 12 per cent of total United Kingdom export of goods and invests £2.5bn each year in automotive R&D.

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