Comment on SMMT used car market figures
SMMT figures show that the second hand EV market grew by 56% in the first quarter of 2023.
By George Smeetoninfo@eciu.net
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Responding to SMMT figures showing that the second hand EV market grew by 56% in the first quarter of 2023 , Colin Walker, Transport Analyst at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), said: “The vast majority of car sales in the UK are second hand. If all of the UK’s drivers are to make the transition to electric vehicles, then a healthy second-hand market is essential.
“Significant savings are available to those switching to EVs. A four year old electric Nissan Leaf would save over £800 a year in running costs compared to a four year old petrol Nissan Juke.
“The introduction of Government targets for EV sales, the ZEV mandate, will ultimately drive growth of the second-hand market meaning more families can benefit from cleaner, cheaper driving.”
A recent ECIU report, The UK's second-hand car market, showed that a slower roll-out of electric cars, resulting in a smaller pool of second-hand EVs, could see second-hand car buyers paying an extra £9bn in the coming years to run more expensive small to mid-sized petrol cars, as compared to their electric counterparts .
Notes to editors:
- SMMT: Used car market rallies as greater supply energises zero emission shift: https://www.smmt.co.uk/2023/05/used-car-market-rallies-as-greater-supply-energises-zero-emission-shift/
- ECIU: The UK's second-hand car market: https://eciu.net/analysis/reports/2023/embargoed-27-feb-the-uks-second-hand-car-market
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