Electric car sales have hit a bump in the road after demand from private motorists fell sharply by 14% last month, figures show, leading to calls for subsidies for electric vehicles. The Mail has more.
The 14.3% decline compared with September last year meant that fewer than one in ten private buyers of new cars opted for a battery-powered vehicle.
It is the latest setback in the push to achieve ‘Net Zero’ carbon emissions by 2050.
Rishi Sunak last month pushed back a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035 – a victory for the Daily Mail‘s ‘Rethink the 2030 Petrol Car Ban‘ campaign.
The announcement is thought to have come too late in the month to affect September’s data, however.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which compiled the figures, said the data showed electric car purchases needed to be subsidised as they are in other countries, including France, Germany, Australia and the U.S.
“Unlike in the other major markets working towards a 2035 end of sale date, U.K. private motorists have no purchase incentive to encourage them to invest in electric mobility,” the SMMT said.
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