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Plug-in sales growth outstripping total UK market

Strong demand from both private and fleet sectors contributed to a 12.7% year-on-year sales rise during July, and as a result the SMMT has revised its 2013 total sales forecast to 2.216m units – 8.4% higher than 2012.

Alternatively-fuelled vehicles, including hybrids and plug-ins, were up 17% year on year in the same month, while year-to-date figures are up 6.9% against a market total of 10.3%.

The SMMT said tax breaks, increased availability of products and wider interest from consumers was driving plug-in sales higher still. To date, electric and plug-in hybrids have reached 80% of 2012’s total sales volume, and an 11-fold increase on 2010’s total sales, reaching a total of 1,855 units.

Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive, said: ‘Recently, we've seen a range of economic indicators point to improving conditions and our raised sales forecast emphasises how positively we view the rest of 2013.’

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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