Analysis of the SMMT registrations stats to the end of October shows the ongoing rise of the electric car, with sales nearly double that of the same period in 2020.

Registrations of PHEVs are up 90% and BEV 86%.

Diesel, including MHEV, is down a colossal 24%, with the decline of 66 thousand units almost exactly matching the increase in BEV sales of 65k.

However, Petrols and diesels (including MHEV) still account for 74% of the total (BEV at 10%).

One might speculate that the three-quarters of cars still selling with petrol and diesel powerplants are being bought primarily by retail customers, with the balance going mostly to fleet, perhaps reflecting that most of the government incentives (bar only the EV grant and charging grants) go to fleet customers….?