Sales of used clean electric cars have reached record levels, according to new data.

In the first three months of the year in the UK were purchased about 14,586 used electric vehicles with batteries, according to the Society of Engine Manufacturers and Dealers (SMMT).

This is more than twice as much as 6625 for the same period last year, with the market share of used electric vehicles growing from 1.6% to 3.6%.

Sales of used hybrids and connected hybrids also went from hand to hand in greater numbers from January to March, increasing by 35.3% and 28.8% respectively.

This is compared to the new car registration rate for the same period, which was 34.1%.

Overall, the number of used cars purchased in the first quarter of this year increased by 5.1% compared to 2021, contributing to a 14.3% drop in new car sales affected by the world’s semiconductor shortage.

SMMT CEO Mike Howes said: “Due to the fact that the new car market is hampered by a persistent supply shortage in the world, the growth of the used car market is welcomed, which is not surprising, especially given that we were closed last year.

“Electric vehicle sales are boosting the market, and zero-emission cars are starting to be filtered more to consumers who are looking forward to driving the newest and most environmentally friendly vehicles.

“While there is still some way to go before we see the recent rise in new EVs circulating in the used car market, a bustling new car market will be vital to help upgrade the fleet, which is critical to carbon savings.”

“The drive for consumer-led electrification does not stop”

Hugo Griffiths, editor of materials at carwow, said: “Consumers’ drive for electrification continues unabated: sales of used electric vehicles have set a record quarter, up 120.2%.

“This surge is caused by a combination of factors. Supply chain constraints for the new EVs are pushing more and more buyers into the used car market, where there has never been a greater choice of electric vehicles, including models for those with more limited budgets.

“Rising gasoline and diesel prices are also affecting consumer habits, fueled by the spikes in demand that Carwow sees on EVs after rising fuel prices.

“The drive for cleaner vehicles is undoubtedly also affecting buyer behavior, as is the growing number of emission zones appearing across the country.

“But although the transition to electric cars is organic, petrol and diesel models still make up the vast majority of the used market.

“City cars, SUVs and supermini saw demand rise in the first quarter of 2022, but agile buyers may want to take advantage of the carrier’s declining popularity: used MPV sales fell 7.5% last quarter, meaning practical and affordable cars could get a relative deal by hunting for cars that other drivers may not have noticed. ”

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