Twice as many used electric cars sold in UK than year ago – figures

Some 34,021 pure battery electric cars changed hands between July and September, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.

Neil Lancefield
Thursday 09 November 2023 00:01 GMT
The rise was attributed to an increase in the supply of electric cars (John Walton/PA)
The rise was attributed to an increase in the supply of electric cars (John Walton/PA)

Nearly twice as many used electric cars are being sold in the UK than a year ago, new figures show.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 34,021 pure battery electric cars changed hands between July and September.

This was 99.9% more than the same period a year ago.

The used car market continues to grow strongly, with re-energised supply unlocking demand for pre-owned electric vehicles - the result being twice as many motorists switching to zero-emission motoring in the quarter

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes

Pure battery electrics took a record quarterly market share of 1.8%.

The SMMT attributed the rise to an increase in the supply of electric cars.

Overall sales of used cars rose 5.5% year-on-year to 1.9 million.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “The used car market continues to grow strongly, with re-energised supply unlocking demand for pre-owned electric vehicles – the result being twice as many motorists switching to zero-emission motoring in the quarter.

If the Government can continue to support the transition to electric with improved charging infrastructure and financial incentives for private car buyers as well as fleet users, then used EV sales could soar even further ahead

Alex Buttle, motorway.co.uk

“Maintaining this momentum requires growth in the new car market, to boost supply to the used sector and cement this success.

“Equally important is the urgent need for charging infrastructure rollout so that all drivers can have confidence in being able to charge whenever and wherever they need.”

Alex Buttle, co-founder of used car marketplace motorway.co.uk, said: “Used EV sales continued to skyrocket in Q3, with drivers looking to the used market instead of new, as a more affordable route into going electric.

“If the Government can continue to support the transition to electric with improved charging infrastructure and financial incentives for private car buyers as well as fleet users, then used EV sales could soar even further ahead.”

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