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SMMT figures reveal registration numbers of electric vehicles for June
SMMT figures reveal registration numbers of electric vehicles for June

SMMT figures reveal registration numbers of electric vehicles for June

The registration of electric vehicles suffered a small overall decline in June, though there were increases in some areas of alternatively-fuelled vehicles that were registered.

The figures come from the monthly release from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT), which revealed a total of 234,945 electric vehicles were registered in June 2018.

This was slightly down on the 243,454 registered in June 2017 and marks a fall from May – a month that enjoyed a rise in the registration of alternatively-fuelled vehicles.

However, of the four vehicle categories – plug-in pure electric, plug-in other electric, hybrid petrol-electric, and hybrid diesel-electric, only the latter saw its registrations fall in June, with 32 of these vehicles registered compared to 52 in the previous June.

For plug-in pure electric, there has been a 3.6% rise in the vehicles registered – up to 1,519 from 1,466; for hybrid petrol-electric, the increase is even more pronounced – up by 51.3% to 9,242 in June 2018 from 6,107 in June 2017.

The biggest increase in registrations has come from the hybrid other-electric vehicles; in June 2018, 4,753 were registered, compared with 3,093 in the previous June – a rise of 53.6%.

In the year to date, the pattern is broadly similar to that of June for all categories of vehicles and overall registrations; in total, there is a slight drop in year to date registrations in comparison with the same stage last year.

Similarly, hybrid diesel-electric vehicles are down; although the percentage fall (38.9%) seems steep, in real terms it does not comprise of many vehicles.

The fall in plug-in pure electric vehicles of 3.3% is more of a disappointment.

However, for hybrid petrol-electric, the number of vehicles registered so far this year is at 43,194 – up by 24.1% from the 34,812 at the same time in 2017.

For plug-in other electric vehicles, the increase is the most notable for the year to date – 39.6% – and represents both the pattern seen in June, and the focus across the country to improve emissions, which these vehicles undoubtedly will.

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