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Demand for electric vehicles increases despite a fall in total new car registrations

woman wearing a yellow sweater plugging in an electric car

Demand for electric cars surged in August despite an overall 22% drop in new car registrations according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). August is traditionally one of the quietest months of the year for new car registrations ahead of the plate-change in September, and this year they have fallen by almost a third.

But demand for the latest electric vehicles has increased. Sales of battery electric vehicles increased by 32%. Hybrid vehicles reached 45.7% and plug in hybrid vehicle sales went up by 72.1%.

People are starting to buy more electric vehicles in the UK ahead of the government’s plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and hybrids by 2035. There are now around 130 plug-in electric vehicles on the market, with more models being announced by motor manufacturers.

The growth of the electric vehicle market represents a huge opportunity for electricians who have the training, accreditation and skills to install EV charge points in homes, workplaces and public locations.

Become an accredited EV installer

At CEF, we can arrange electric vehicle charging training for you via the NICEIC, City and Guilds or one of our EV product suppliers.

Find out more on our EV website or contact your local store for details.