“The light commercial vehicle market continues to report positively and is operating in the right direction to meet the demand for vehicles. However, battery electric LCVs are still an issue, underperforming quite significantly in comparison to their ICE counterparts,” said Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA), commenting on the latest SMMT Light Commercial Vehicle registration figures.

In June, Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) dealers registered a total of 34,630 new vans and light commercials, an increase of 31%. This is the sixth consecutive month of registration growth. Year-to-date figures reveal 169,926 new LCVs are on the road this year, an increase of 17.7%.

The heavier sectors of both LCVs 2.0-2.5t and 2.5-3.5t GVW have improved by 160.8% and 15.6% respectively.

Although a smaller market, pick-ups have outperformed last year with 18,353 new units registered, up from last year’s 14,995 registrations, an improvement of 22.4%.

June saw a decrease in the number of battery electric commercials registered, down -11.9% to 1,775 units. Whilst the volume for EV vans has increased to 8,803 units this year, it still only represents 5.2% of the market, a -0.4% fall from this time last year.

Sue Robinson added: “The price parity between battery electric vans and diesel engines is far too wide, similar to the new car sector, which is negatively affecting the uptake of electric in the run up to 2030. This, coupled with a patchy and lacklustre charging network across the UK, is diverting van operators away from making their switch to electric”

“Government must act on the front foot by making more strategic decisions and imposing financial incentives to support the uptake of electric in this market. As the industry’s only trade body for automotive retailers, we will continue to lobby Government to determine the best possible outcome for our retailer members, ensure their voice is heard and promote green, clean transport for commercials.”

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Adam Weeks, NFDA Communications Officer

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