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Electric Vehicles Lead the Charge

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

The latest report from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) provides a clear snapshot of the automotive industry’s ongoing transformation, with electric vehicles (EVs) leading the charge.

Peter O’Brien, of, commented on this breaking SMMT car registration news.

He said: “The ongoing growth of EVs, as evidenced by battery electric cars accounting for 20.1% of new vehicle registrations in August 2023, is a remarkable achievement and a strong indicator of the direction in which the automotive sector is heading.  

“The surge in demand for electrified vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars, represents a significant shift in consumer preferences. This shift not only reflects a growing awareness of environmental concerns but also highlights the increasing availability and appeal of EVs to a broader audience.”

The EV boffin continued: “However, amid this promising momentum, there looms a significant concern – regulatory uncertainty. The delay in finalising the details of the Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate raises legitimate worries about the industry’s ability to meet ambitious decarbonisation goals. The automotive sector’s commitment to Net Zero emissions is commendable but, without clear regulations and incentives, the transition to EVs may face unnecessary obstacles. 

“One key point to emphasise is the need for a level playing field between businesses and private consumers. While businesses enjoy fiscal incentives to make the switch to EVs, private consumers lack a similar package. Ensuring that individuals have access to incentives, such as subsidies or tax breaks, is crucial for boosting demand in the private market segment.”

O’Brien concluded: “To secure a sustainable and eco-friendly future, it is imperative that the government acts swiftly to provide clarity and support for both businesses and private consumers as they make the transition to EVs. The future is undoubtedly electric, but regulatory stability is essential to make that future a reality.”

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