The total number of electric vehicles registered in July increased, according to the latest figures.
Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that the percentage increase of electric and alternatively-fuelled vehicles registered increased markedly in the month.
In overall terms for new vehicle registrations, July enjoyed a 1.2% increase, with 163,898 registered, outstripping the total of 161,997 from the same month in 2017.
Although the total number of vehicles registered is down from those in June, the percentage increased, unlike June; the numbers are more indicative of the trends of different months.
Going back to electric and alternatively-fuelled vehicles, the number registered for July hit 10,734 – 21% higher than the 8,871 registered in July 2017.
The market share of these vehicles also increased from 5.5% to 6.5%.
In terms of the year to date, the figures are even more impressive and suggest the move to more environmentally friendly vehicles, in line with strategies to improve air quality, is accelerating.
Up to the end of July, the number of alternatively-fuelled vehicles registered was 83,581, which is almost 24% more than the 67,529 registered in July 2017.
Again, the overall market share of these vehicles increased in the year to date – from 4.3% at the end of July 2017 to 5.7% at the end of last month.
Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT, believes the government’s Road to Zero strategy will accelerate the registration of electric vehicles further.
He said: “It’s great to see alternatively-fuelled vehicles benefiting from this growth, and government’s acknowledgement of the vital role new tech diesel will play in its Road to Zero strategy should help even more motorists benefit from the latest, safest and low emission technology over the coming months.”
In terms of vehicle categories, the biggest jumps came in the registration of plug-in other electric and hybrid petrol-electric vehicles, both of which enjoyed significant increases in registrations for July as a standalone month, and the year to date.