Battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales rose by 61% between June 2018 and June 2019 according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
On Thursday 4 July, the SMMT released its latest car registration figures, which further revealed that BEV registrations had seen a similar rise based on year to date (YTD) figures, growing 60.3% from YTD 2018 (7,470) to YTD 2019 (11,975). The rise followed a series of developments regarding charging expansions in the UK, such as the number of charging sites (8,471) overtaking petrol stations (8,400) in May, as revealed by Zap-Map.
In contrast, the SMMT figures showed a fall in Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) registrations between June 2018 and June 2019 of 50.4%. It means that pure EVs have now outsold PHEVs for the first time since December 2014.