Given that car retail showrooms have been in lockdown for the last few weeks it won’t be a surprise to learn that UK car sales are down in April 2020.
But nobody predicted an almost complete wipeout.
The headline figures: total registrations of 4,321 compared to 161,064 in the same month 2019. That’s a 97.3% drop!
All categories are down by over 90%, with the exception of battery EVs. These still declined, but only by 9.7%. For the first time ever, pure EV sales beat diesel.
EV advocates will no doubt point to the % market share for pure EVs which was 31.8%, up from 0.9% in 2019. On the face of it that’s a massive increase, but the current situation doesn’t represent anything like a normal market.
Next month there is likely to be a temporary sales improvement as dealers begin to open and can deliver existing orders in the pipeline. But the real test will come later in the year (Summer/Autumn-Fall), when it will become apparent what the real demand is. Will more drivers choose EVs, having experienced peacefulness and fresh air without fossil fuelled pollution? We’re not making any predictions…!