BEV sales soar by 184% in worst September for 20 years: Compared to last year battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales soared by 184% in ‘new plate September’, while total registrations for new cars dropped 4.4% in the ‘weakest ever’ month of its kind.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows in their latest report, which suggests the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles recorded a 20% and 38% year-on-year reduction respectively, but the sales of plug-in hybrid vehicles increased by 138%.

Overall registrations figures are also shown during the first nine months of the year which were down 33% compared with the same period in 2019.

328,041 new registrations were recorded in the UK car market in the month, the weakest September since the introduction of the dual number plate system in 1999, according to SMMT.

SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes said: “Despite the boost of a new registration plate, new model introductions and attractive offers, this is still the poorest September since the two-plate system was introduced in 1999.

“Unless the pandemic is controlled and economy-wide consumer and business confidence rebuilt, the short-term future looks very challenging indeed.”

BEV sales soar by 184% in worst September for 20 years

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