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Hybrid car sales hit reverse

by Peter Smyth Tech Journalist
4th Jul 19 1:54 pm

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), demand for alternatively fuelled cars has hit reveres gear as sales have fallen for the first time in two years.

Last month 13,314 new cars were registered in the UK down 11.8% on the 15,099 cars registered in June last year.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said, “Another month of decline is worrying but the fact that sales of alternatively-fuelled cars are going into reverse is a grave concern.

“Manufacturers have invested billions to bring these vehicles to market, but their efforts are now being undermined by confusing policies and the premature removal of purchase incentives.

“If we are to see widespread uptake of these vehicles, which are an essential part of a smooth transition to zero-emission transport, we need world-class, long-term incentives and substantial investment in infrastructure.

“Fleet renewal remains the quickest way to address environmental concerns today and consumers should have the confidence and support to choose the new car that best meets their driving needs, whatever the technology, secure in the knowledge that it is safer and cleaner than ever before.”

 

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