On Tuesday 5 June SMMT published the figures for new vehicle registrations for cars.

The first half of the year has been strong for new vehicle sales with an impressive 18.4% increase compared to the first half of 2022.

A total of 177,266 new cars were registered, an increase of 25.8% from the same period last year. Sales to private buyers increased by 14.8%; fleet registrations were up by 37.9%.

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) experienced significant growth, up 39.4% to 31,700 units. Plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) registrations increased by 65.5% to 12,770 units, and hybrids (HEVs) followed with growth of 40.1% to 20,991 units. There are now 152,968 registered BEVs on the road in 2023 compared to the 115,249 at the same point last year, a 32.7% increase.

With sales of electric growing, diesel fell from 8,003 units to 6,221 (-22.3%), but petrol has risen from 62,005 units to 70,367 units (13.5%).

NFDA members that have received their Electric Vehicle Approved (“EVA”) are playing a vital role in the transition to green mobility, acting as vital information hubs for customers looking to make their transition to electric and the newest range of products to suit the motorists’ needs.

To join EVA, please email eva@rmif.co.uk.

For more information, please visit www.evapproved.co.uk and follow @EVApproved on Twitter for the latest updates.