engineering careers  Latest stats show the internal combustion engine in terminal decline
engineering careers  Latest stats show the internal combustion engine in terminal decline

New figures show that the internal combustion engine has now entered a period of terminal decline within the UK.

The latest stats, from SMMT, show that ‘alternatively fuelled’ vehicles reached a record 9.9% market share with 14,231 registrations.

The stats show only 2.2% growth in petrol vehicles and a staggering -21% drop off in diesel sales year-on-year.

 


Alternatively fuelled vehicle registrations include Battery Electric (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)

These latest figures mean that plug-in EV (electric vehicles) could soon overtake sales of conventional hybrids.

The unprecedented growth in demand for all-electric cars in the UK means that the market share is leapt from 3.8% in August to 4.4% last month. The number of new passenger plug-in car registrations tallied up as 6,281 across the country, up a staggering 41.8% year-over-year.

While the figures show a promising trend towards greener vehicles, the market as a whole shrunk by 6.7% and while Battery Electric (BEV) sales are booming up 151.8% year-on-year, Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) sales are actually down by 1.7% year-on-year.