Saturday 21 July 2018

There has been a near 25pc increase in the number of Electric Vehicles registered so far this year

Plug-in electric car being recharged at charging station
Plug-in electric car being recharged at charging station

The figures are still small but there has been a near 25pc increase in the number of EVs registered so far this year.

The increase (to 424) is due to several factors, including the widespread public focus on EVs, new models etc. Availability of stock is probably curtailing some sales, though.

The upward trend is reported in the latest SIMI statistics. They show Volkswagen is still the biggest-selling brand, followed by Hyundai, Toyota, Ford and Nissan.

The best-selling model is the Nissan Qashqai followed by the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Skoda Octavia. The Volkswagen Polo was April's best seller.

Used imports surged again last month (+19.3pc) while new-car registrations increased by 3.3pc.

Brexit continues to impact heavily on the industry here.

This year, imports have risen 11.74pc (to 34,763). It is now expected that total new-car registrations will reach around 120,000 for the full year - a decline of 8.6pc. Year to date, new cars registrations are down 4.68pc (79,897).

Light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations, meanwhile, were up 6.51pc (1,800) in April and are 5.39pc ahead of last year.

Indo Motoring

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