Pure electric car sales rocket almost 160%, says SMMT

Sales of pure electric cars rocketed by almost 160 per cent last month, despite demand for new cars continuing to fall.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed the weakest July car sales for seven years, as 157,000 new cars were registered – down 4.1 per cent on a year earlier.

A sharp rise in interest combined with new models arriving on the market was behind solely battery-powered electric car sales rising, however, they still only make up 1.4 per cent of the total market with 2,271 registered in July.

Jaguar's I-Pace is the British car maker's first all electric vehicle and has won rave reviews SMMT figures reveal how new car sales break down, with a big rise in battery electric vehicles (BEV) a fall in plug in hybrids (PHEV) and a rise in hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). Mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEV) use battery power to boost performance and efficiency rather than running on it The Kia e-Niro slots into the important £30,000 to £40,000 price bracket for car buyers The Ford Fiesta is still Britain's best-selling new car by some margin, with the Focus behind it The Ford Fiesta is still Britain's best-selling new car by some margin, with the Focus behind it

The Ford Fiesta is still Britain’s best-selling new car by some margin, with the Focus behind it

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