Sales of hybrid cars grows, the diesel plunge by almost a quarter

Sales of hybrid cars soared by almost three quarters year-on-year in may, sharply ahead of the 3.4% overall increase in new car registrations.

Nearly 4,000 hybrids, which, as a rule, about 30 miles from the battery before kicking in the internal combustion engine, was bought last month, to 2,301 in may 2017.

Registration purely battery-powered cars such as the Nissan leaf, rose by almost a fifth, to 1099.

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The numbers are still small percentage of total 192,649 cars purchased in a month, but took all electrified vehicles, including hybrids such as the Toyota Prius, and a record market share of 5.8%.

The growth of car sales by sector

The growth of car sales by sector

However, the appetite of drivers of diesel cars continues to weaken the face of environmental and fiscal issues, despite the maintenance of industry on Tuesday that for many drivers they are “the right choice economically and environmentally”.

Diesel registrations fell by almost a quarter, 62,260. The market share of diesels in this year still stands at 32.8%, compared to 44.1% in 2017.

Total new growth was modest, says the Society of motor manufacturers and traders.

Shopping notedthere body was a decline of 8.5% in may of last year, and sales hit excise vehicle duty changes and uncertainty ahead of the General elections. So far this year, total sales fell by 6.8%.

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Mike Hawes, head of the smmt, said: “growth, albeit at a significant decrease in the past year is encouraging and suggests the market is now beginning to return to a more natural running rate”.

Trade organizations for the sale of the vehicle stated on the continued performance of electrified vehicles presented an “opportunity for franchised dealers to be leaders in this growing segment of the market.”

James Farlow, General Director of AA Cars, said: “the popularity of hybrids and plug-ins continues to grow at the expense of vehicles with diesel engines, against the background of current policy changes and related negative press around the impact of diesel cars on the environment”.

• This article was amended on 6 June 2018. An earlier version said that hybrid plug-ins work about 50 miles from the battery before kicking the internal combustion engine B. This figure is more than 30 miles.