Car sales fall, alternatively fuelled vehicles rise

The UK new car market declined again with deliveries falling by 2.9 per cent in October 20918 compared to October 2017, but the market for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) grew an impressive 30.8 per cent in the same timeframe, supported by new models.

Zero emission battery electric vehicles had an impressive growth of 86.9 per cent, with hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles also showing growth of 31 per cent and 19.1 per cent respectively.

The figures come as SMMT publishes new industry forecasts for AFV demand, with registrations expected to grow 82.5 per cent from 2017 levels by 2020. Similar growth is projected for plug-in electric cars, with 92,620 new plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars expected to be sold in the same year and taking market share to around 4.0 per cent.

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