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Used EV and hybrids double at auction halls in past year

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The number of used hybrid and electric vehicles going through auction halls has doubled in just over a year, according to the first Aston Barclay Used Market Insights report.

Martin Potter, group operations director at Aston Barclay

Martin Potter, group operations director at Aston Barclay

Analysis by independent auction house Aston Barclay, shows that sales of used EV and hybrid vehicles has grown in line with their market share, from 1 in Q1 2016 to 2% from the third quarter this year. Meanwhile, petrol cars dropped their market share from 41% to 38%, while diesel grew from 58% to 60%, according to the report.

Aston Barclay added that in fleet, EVs and hybrids have taken their market share from 2% in Q1 2016 to 3% in the third quarter of 2017. Petrol remained static at 21% while diesel saw a slight reduction (down from 77% to 76%).

The average price of ex-fleet hybrid and electric cars hit £11,389 in the third quarter 2017 – a significant rise of £1,702 compared to the beginning of 2016, which the report supposed was caused mainly by a broader range of new models coming to market.

Average mileages also rose in Q3 17 to 67,615 miles from 61,696 in Q1 2016. Interestingly, this is higher than the average diesel and petrol mileage at 58,803 and 28,468 miles respectively.

Martin Potter, group operations director at Aston Barclay, said: “These figures suggest that business users have been driven over recent years to take the tax-efficient option of hybrid/EVs instead of the traditional diesel option, although the overall numbers coming to auction still remain low.

“This is a trend we predict will continue across the business sector over the next few years.”

Looking toward 2018, Potter added: “We expect January to start strongly with buyers looking to replenish stock after Christmas trading and we expect it to remain buoyant until the traditional Easter change.

“However, we will see an influx of volumes from the peak 2013-14 new registration period entering the used market during 2018 and this could put pressure on used prices.”

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.