The number of new green cars on the road has jumped this month according to a trade body’s new figures which show a wider trend of car registrations going up in July.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said the number of alternative fuel vehicles registered rose by almost half – with a big boost coming from diesel-hybrids.
A spokesman for the SMMT told ELN: “Alternative fuel vehicles have seen a really big rise, a 46% rise in a month and 18% over the year up to today. We’re seeing a lot more petrol-electric cars and hybrids, as well as diesel-electrics which weren’t on the market last year.”
There have been around 640 registrations of diesel electrics this year so far, while electric or plug-in cars are up around 20% this year.
All new car registrations rose 9.3% in July to 143,884 units – the fifth monthly gain in a row and the best of 2012.
The “intense competition” for manufacturers is proving good for drivers, said the SMMT.
Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said: “International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists.”