Commenting on the latest vehicle licencing statistics released by the Department for Transport today1, Edmund King, AA president says; “New government vehicle licensing statistics show that power continues to flow through to the electric vehicle revolution, with 3.7% of new car registrations now fully electric2.
“The covid crisis and lockdown’s impact on car dealerships temporarily slowed down sales although the Tesla Model 3 was the top-selling car in April and May. Government statistics released to Parliament, showing the number of plug-in car grants and the amounts given in grants per year, point to deliveries of electric vehicles during the lockdown falling to 1.5% of the previous level.
“In the last financial year, there were 46,561 payments made for cars delivered in that period under Plug-in car Grant Scheme3. That totalled £267.4 million. But, up until June, there were 113 payments for electric cars delivered in the first two months of this current financial year, totalling £8.4 million. That is a change in number of payments from 3,880 a month to 56.5 a month.
“However, despite floating the idea of a scrappage scheme, the Government now seems to have made a U-turn4. It might therefore take a little longer for the switch to electric to surge into over-drive.”
- First registration figures;
Total UK car registrations in Q1 2020; 491.6 thousand. Total UK Full Battery Electric cars in Q1 2020; 18,290.
Calculation; 18,290 / 491,600 x 100 = 3.7%
Data taken from Tables VEH0150 and VEH0171 available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/vehicle-licensing-statistics-january-to-march-2020
*Article Source www.aa.com