Popularity of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) rose by almost 13% in the month of April.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that April continued the trend seen during 2019, with greater registrations of AFVs as well as an increase in market share.
The data from the trade association for the UK motor industry reveals 10,254 alternatively fuelled vehicles were registered in April – 12.7% higher than the 9,102 in the same month of 2018.
The market share during that time has increased by 1% too – now at 6.4%.
With clean air and emissions firmly on the government agenda, the move towards vehicles that will ultimately reduce pollution is a positive for the industry.
Businesses are being encouraged to transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to zero emission alternatives.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is trying to accelerate the transition through changes to driving licences that will move fleets towards zero emission vehicles.
SMMT figures reveal a similar trend in take-up of AFVs for the year-to-date; by the end of April, more than 51,000 of these vehicles had been registered for the year.
This is 14.3% higher than at the same time of 2018, and the market share has also increased from last year, from 5% to 5.9% at the end of April.
It has not all been plain sailing though, as closer inspection shows a decline in zero emission-capable plug-in hybrids for the month and the year-to-date; the SMMT say it is evidence of prematurely removing upfront purchase incentives before the market is ready.
And Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society, said policies have to support the introduction of cleaner vehicles to the market.
He said: “We need policies to help get the latest, cleanest vehicles on the road more quickly and support market transition for all drivers.
“This includes investment in infrastructure and long term incentives to make new technologies as affordable as possible.”