Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) hit 19,842 in June, beating the 15,027 sales of diesel vehicles recorded in the month.
The BEV sales represent a 122.9% increase compared with June 2020, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
It’s led to BEVs securing 10.7% of the market share in June 2021, compared with 6.1% in June 2020. In comparison, diesel took home an 8.1% market share. It’s not the first time BEVs have overtaken diesel sales, with April 2021 – a month in which diesel sales took a nosedive as a result of the impact of the first COVID-19 lockdown – seeing BEV sales represent 31.8% of the market share, with more sold than diesel cars for the first time.
Combined, last month BEVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for 17.2% of new vehicles in the month, totaling 31,981 sales.
New car sales in June were up year-on-year as a whole to 186,128, a jump of 28%. However, when compared with the previous decade average, monthly registrations were down by 16.4%.
Looking at 2021 to date, there have been 73,893 BEV sales compared to 30,957 at the same point in 2020. Market share has risen from 4.7% to 8.1%.
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