EV sales overtake diesel vehicles for the third month running!

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The UK’s booming electric vehicle (EV) market ticked off another milestone last month! According to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) EV sales have overtaken the sale of diesel vehicles for a third month in a row!

The rise of electric vehicles!

It was reported that plug-in cars counted for over one in six cars sold in the UK in July. This included battery electric vehicles (BEVs) , hybrids (HEVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). However, the demand for eco-friendly and sustainable vehicles has meant that EVs now take up over a third of the UK market.

Sales of BEVs reached new heights now taking up a total of 11% of the market. Over 7,300 all-electric vehicles were sold last month. In comparison, diesel vehicles only made up 10% of the recorded sales for August 2021. With a total of 5,077 new vehicles being sold and registered.

When compared to figures from August 2020, BEV sales have massively increased by a whopping 32.3%. Over the year to date, sales of all-electric vehicles have more than doubled from nearly 45,000 in 2020 to over 90,000 already in 2021. Of course, we do recognise the financial impact of Covid-19 that may have played a part  in the sales figures of all vehicles last year.

This rise in EV sales has seen all-electric vehicles close the gap on dirty diesel vehicles. At the moment, the number of new diesel vehicles stands at roughly 107,000 for 2021. A figure which BEVs could easily overtake by the end of the year!

We wouldn’t be surprised if EV sales top those too in the coming months or year. Sales of petrol vehicles have also been slowly declining since the beginning of the year. Ben Nelmes, Head of Policy and Research at New AutoMotive, states that these figures “are yet more evidence that the transition to electric vehicles is gathering pace.”

Why should you buy an electric vehicle?

If you’re considering buying an electric vehicle, then now is the time to make the switch! 

1. EVs are cheaper than their ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterparts!

The initial fees involved with buying an electric vehicle may well be higher than that of an ICE vehicle. However, in the long run an electric vehicle will definitely save those pennies!

Petrol and diesel vehicles (also known as ICE vehicles) have more moving parts than electric vehicles. This, of course, means there is more that could potentially go wrong with them compared to an EV. 

You’ll also be saving a significant amount of money by not topping up the vehicle with petrol or diesel – which seems to get more expensive every month! Just take a look at the energy tariffs available in comparison to the price it would cost to fill up a conventional petrol car.

The ever-growing gap between these two makes a compelling (and easy) argument as to why you should switch to an all-electric vehicle.

2. Saving the environment by driving high-tech cars

Not only will electric vehicles save you some pennies, they’ll also play a huge contribution to saving our planet. It is estimated that the transport sector is responsible for roughly 27% of all greenhouse gas emissions. This is almost entirely because of carbon dioxide emissions.

This is instantly cut as EVs produce no tailpipe emissions. Plus EV manufacturers are being innovative as ever by using sustainable and recyclable materials to build their newest EVs.

For example, Polestar’s next release, the Precept Grand Tourer, is full of recycled parts! The vehicle is fitted with a completely vegan interior and the headlining is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The carpets are designed from recycled fishing nets and the headrests are made with cork recycled from the wine industry.

Buy an electric vehicle from EV Sales!

There really is no better time to buy an electric vehicle to start decreasing the emissions you release, creating a better environment. 

We are proud to offer a range of fully EVs that have only had one previous registered keeper. Plus, all vehicles come with a one month warranty. You can view our full EV stocklist, here.

* All information correct as of 13/09/2021.