New car commentary | December 2023
Ian Plummer, Commercial Director of Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, commented:
November’s drop in electric vehicle sales is a sign of what’s to come if the government doesn’t support the industry in making the transition by incentivising consumers on this journey as we know private electric car registrations have been lagging that of the fleet sector for a while now. Legal confirmation of the ZEV mandate last night at least gives the industry the clarity it needs, even though some manufacturers will struggle to hit these targets as they are behind the curve on electric sales.
But the latest tranche of fear, uncertainty and doubt that accompanied this Parliamentary vote won’t help consumers confidence in electric vehicles and is ultimately misleading as electric cars currently offer savings of up to £155 for each 1,000 miles driven compared to petrol cars. And with around two thirds of new electric vehicles enjoying some kind of financial offer right now, there’s never been a better time to make the switch - this is what consumers need to know.”
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