Dear Colleague,

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved with NFDA Driving Digital: Special Edition, from the speakers to the attendees, it was a great event. NFDA understands that dealers need to adapt to the changing climate in the automotive sector and by introducing a forum where NFDA members can network with new manufacturing entrants to the UK market we hope this has started to build the foundations for new business collaboration. It is also incredibly insightful to hear from retailers that have already taken this step and can offer advice on what they have learned. The feedback from the event has been welcomed and we hope you all found the day beneficial. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you all that the next NFDA Driving Digital conference is set for 2 May 2024 – SAVE THE DATE!

In today’s edition of NFDA news, you will find a summary report from Wednesday’s Driving Digital Special Edition conference for those that missed the event. You can also find both new car and light commercial registration figures for November, both rising by 9.5% and 12.7% respectively. Electric sales for November have taken a hit and we have called on government to address this as soon as possible by providing attractive price incentives for consumers, particularly as the new ZEV mandate comes into effect on 1 January 2024.

This week also provided some positive news relating to charging infrastructure, one of the key barriers to entry for prospective EV buyers. This week at COP 28, the Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, announced the launch of a £70 million pilot scheme to boost the number of ultra-rapid chargepoints at motorway services in the UK. In addition to this, latest research from ZapMap has revealed the UK has hit 10,000 high-powered chargepoints, another important milestone on the road to connecting electric vehicle motorists and easing the minds of prospective buyers.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive
NFDA Is the voice of automotive retailers – if you require any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your member helpline at 01788 538303 or email nfda@rmif.co.uk