As the summer season comes to a close, dealers across the UK are reporting robust trading figures. The electrification of the UK's automotive landscape is driving an increase in new car sales.

In August, the automotive sector witnessed a total of 85,657 new car registrations, marking a substantial 24.4% increase from the same period last year. While sales to private buyers saw a modest dip of -8.1%, fleet registrations soared by an impressive 58.4%.

The standout performers of the month were electric vehicles (EVs). Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) experienced phenomenal growth, with registrations surging by an astonishing 72.3% to reach 17,243 units. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) followed suit, with registrations increasing by 70% to 6,601 units. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) also contributed to the electrification wave, boasting growth of 6.8% and reaching 8,551 units. These numbers indicate that the shift towards cleaner, greener transportation is gaining momentum. There are 193,221 registered BEVs on the road in 2023, compared to just 137,498 at the same point last year, representing a remarkable 40.5% increase.

Diesel vehicles saw a decline from 4,455 units to 3,647 (-18.1%), while petrol cars experienced a surge, rising from 31,652 units to 34,756 units (9.8%). Consumers are embracing eco-friendly options in response to environmental concerns and government regulations.

Over the past month, the introduction of Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) has dominated headlines. NFDA's members have started to feel the impact of this legislation, with a growing number of inquiries and heightened interest in transitioning from non-ULEZ-compliant vehicles to electric ones. Dealerships are reporting steady footfall, particularly in these zones, as prospective EV buyers seek guidance from their local retailers. Dealerships have become vital information hubs for their communities, serving as beacons for the electric revolution.

As September, a pivotal month in the industry, approaches, NFDA retailers are well-prepared to meet the demands of UK consumers. They boast good stock availability, high levels of training through NFDA's Electric Vehicle Approved accreditation, and a steadfast commitment to delivering exceptional service to UK consumers.