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.