Round-Up: August registrations dip, Plymouth offers EV charger funding, Ecotricity price rise

Dip in new car registrations in August

True fleet registrations dropped by 4.8%

There was a 1.6% year-on-year drop in the number of cars registered in August, according to the latest round of registration data.

In total, 92,573 cars were registered last month, down from 94,094 in August in 2018. Fleet registrations suffered the largest drop, falling by 3.5% to 48,583 units.

Pure-electric vehicle registrations grew by 377.5

% during the month to 3,147 vehicles, buoyed by the introduction of the Tesla Model 3, which was the third-most registered car (behind the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf) on 2,082 units.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “August is typically the new car market’s quietest month so the huge increase in EV registrations is very visible but especially welcome. It’s great to see consumers respond to the massive industry investment made over many years. While this is encouraging, these figures also show the scale of the challenge ahead. It’s a long road to zero and while manufacturers can deliver the technology, they can’t dictate the pace of uptake. To support a smooth transition and deliver environmental gains now, we need a long-term government commitment to measures that give consumers confidence to invest in the latest technologies that best suit their needs.”

Plymouth City Council invites fleets to apply for charging point funding

Chargemaster will add 2,000 points in 2018

Fleets based in Plymouth have been invited to apply for funding from the City Council to help install electric vehicle charging points.

The council has been awarded £7.6 million Transforming Cities Fund to help change how people travel in and around Plymouth and it said it wants to “hear from businesses interested in a share of £200,000 available for getting charge points installed.”

It said grant could see as many as 100 charge points installed and added the programme is aimed at work places based in Devon’s second city with vehicle fleets and their staff who have an electric car or who are thinking of getting one by ensuring they can charge up while at work.

“You can’t have electric vehicles without plenty of charging points – so we are beginning to get this sorted,” said Sue Dann, councillor for the environment and street scene.

Businesses or organisations interested should email dan.turner@plymouth.gov.uk, the council said.

Ecotricity price hike

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Ecotricity is to raise the cost of charging electric vehicles in order to make investments in its infrastructure.

The EV charging arm of the business – it also supplies homes and businesses with electricity – is loss-making and has been criticised for the network’s poor reliability.

Ecotricity said it is planning to upgrade its network to support the CCS standard and install contactless “over the next couple of years”.

From October 4, it will cost 39p per kWh – up from 30p.

“Even at this new rate the Electric Highway will continue to be loss making, this is fundamentally due to the lack of EVs on the road relative to the costs of running a network (and this is on an operational costs basis only, excluding or writing off the capital cost of equipment). This new rate will however allow us to make further investments to keep pace with the needs of EV drivers and maintain the push to widespread EV adoption. There is no government support available for this unfortunately,” it said in a statement.