August brought positive news to the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market in the UK. The sector maintained its impressive growth streak for the eighth consecutive month, driven by rising business confidence and the urgent need to switch to Euro-6 compliant vehicles, especially in light of the increasing number of Low Emission Zones across the country.

In August, LCV dealers registered a total of 16,303 new vans and light commercial vehicles, marking a notable 5% increase compared to the previous yearThe LCV market, which continues to thrive in the face of various challenges. Year-to-date statistics are even more impressive, revealing that 213,219 new LCVs have hit the roads this year, reflecting a remarkable 19.4% increase over the same period last year.

Within the LCV market, the heavier vehicle segments have shown significant improvements. Vans in the 2.0-2.5-tonne category witnessed their numbers soar from 1,579 units to an impressive 2,718 units, marking a remarkable 227.4% increase. Meanwhile, the heavier and more popular 2.5-3.5-tonne vans, which constitute nearly 71% of the market, experienced a modest decline from 12,176 units to 11,549 units, reflecting a manageable -5.1% drop.

In a smaller market segment, 4x4 LCVs surged to 256 units, compared to last year's 97 units, marking an 163.9% increase.

While the overall LCV market is thriving, the electric vehicle (EV) sector is experiencing both progress and obstacles. August witnessed an 18.9% increase in the number of battery electric commercials registered, totalling 1,122 units. Year-to-date figures show that 11,414 units have been registered in 2023. While this is promising, EV vans still constitute only 5.4% of the market, representing a 0.1% decline compared to the same period last year.

The Ev vans sector is becoming increasingly significant and requires more attention. Government intervention and incentives are essential to accelerate the transition to electric light commercials, ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable future for the sector.