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EVs overtake diesel as supply-constrained new car sales slump

The weakest September for new car sales in more than 20 years did show the continued rise in electric vehicles despite supply issues hammering registration numbers.

In what is normally a big month due to the plate change, new car registrations were down by more than a third n the pandemic-hit levels of 2020, and 44.7% down on the 10-year September average.

But full electric vehicles accounted for more than 15% of new cars registered last month, up on the 12.1% year-to-date figure and above the 10.3% of diesels, 6.4% of plug-in hybrids and 11.6% of hybrids, the latter fuelled by Toyota taking top spot in the monthly sales chart for the first time in its history with a record 7.9% market share, ahead of Kia, Volkswagen and BMW in an illustration of which companies still have production despite the semiconductor shortage. Mercedes-Benz, for example, was third in the September 2020 sales chart and is sixth in 2021 year-to-date figures, but only scraped into the top 10 last month.

Tesla’s Model 3 topped the model charts with 6879 registrations, well clear of the Vauxhall Corsa on 5235, with the BMW 3-Series third on 4788.

AFP forms new kerbside charging group

The Association of Fleet Professionals has formed a Kerbside Charging Group to help solve what it described as the “last stumbling block” to EV fleet adoption.

The fleet operators’ association said the group has been established to try and promote on-the-ground solutions for businesses adopting EVs in areas where other charging solutions are not available.

Paul Hollick, Chairman ICFM - 2019 - Image 1 “Adequate kerbside charging is vital to the corporate fleet sector being able to achieve its 2030 electrification objectives but many are hitting significant problems with those employees that do not have a home charging solution,” said AFP chair Paul Hollick. “This is especially the case for people who live in terraced streets or apartments.”

“The new group is designed to push forward progress in a very practical manner. We’ll be working with fleets, charging providers and local authorities to work to ensure that charging is available in the places where it is needed,” he continued. “We’ll be meeting every month and every month we want to be able to show that we are moving forward.”

One of the group’s first tasks is to collate member data to map the locations where kerbside charging solutions are required, which it is aiming to complete over the coming months.

Toyota confirms new baby SUV

Toyota has revealed the name of its new baby SUV, which will be unveiled next month ahead of an arrival in the UK next spring.

The Aygo X is, according to the brand, pronounced Aygo Cross, and the new model fits below the Yaris Cross in an SUV and crossover line-up that also includes the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander and Land Cruiser.

The new model is the first Toyota to be completely planned, designed and built in Europe, and the brand said its development team “studied current and future lifestyles in urban and suburban environments in Europe to deliver a confident, compact crossover that is unique in the small car/A-segment”.

 

 

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