The UK automobile trade has hit out over an absence of incentives for households to buy a brand new electrical automobile after gross sales dipped amongst non-public consumers final month.
The Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) reported a 21% carry in new automobile gross sales typically throughout September in contrast with the identical month final yr.
It mentioned that 272,610 autos had been snapped up in whole, with the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Puma main the way in which when it comes to the preferred fashions.
Demand is normally spurred throughout September because it marks the daybreak of a brand new registration plate – 73 on this case.
However the physique mentioned that the general carry in efficiency was largely pushed by fleet gross sales quite than demand amongst shoppers.
The SMMT reported that 150,000 of the entire bought had been purchased by companies, with non-public gross sales of just about 123,000.
Whereas diesel demand continued to say no, falling beneath 10,000, greater than 105,000 had been pure petrol-powered fashions.
The SMMT reported that about 45,000 battery electrical autos (BEV) and petrol hybrids had been bought.
However the physique added: “BEV quantity will increase had been pushed fully by fleet purchases, which rose by 50.6% as consumers had been drawn to the superior expertise, excellent efficiency, diminished environmental affect and compelling tax incentives.
“Conversely, non-public BEV registrations fell 14.3%, with lower than one in 10 non-public new automobile consumers choosing electrical in the course of the month.
“Such a decline underlines the significance of offering these motorists with buy incentives and different mechanisms to stimulate demand, it mentioned.
The SMMT had raised fears of successful to demand for electrical vehicles a fortnight in the past, after the federal government delayed the 2030 ban on the sale of recent petrol and diesel autos by 5 years.
It argued that the choice undermined the funding positioned within the battle towards local weather change by the automobile trade.
The coverage U-turn was blamed by Rishi Sunak on the monetary burden dealing with motorists within the transition to electrical autos.
Issues embody not solely the price of an electrical automobile versus a conventionally powered automobile, but additionally the price of the infrastructure wanted to help the brand new period.
A so-called zero-emissions mandate launched by the federal government final week requires a gradual shift to no emission vehicles by 2035.
SMMT chief govt Mike Hawes mentioned: “A bumper September means the brand new automobile market stays sturdy regardless of financial challenges.
“Nevertheless, with harder EV targets for producers coming into pressure subsequent yr, we have to speed up the transition, encouraging all motorists to make the swap.
“This implies including carrots to the stick – creating non-public buy incentives aligned with enterprise advantages, equalising on-street charging VAT with off-street home charges and mandating chargepoint rollout consistent with how electrical automobile gross sales are actually to be dictated.
“The forthcoming autumn assertion is the proper alternative to create the situations that may ship the zero emission mobility important to our shared internet zero ambition.”