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.