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UK car buyers flock to hybrids

41% increase in hybrid vehicle sales in September

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Car buyers in the UK are hurriedly moving to alternatively fuelled vehicles, however the phenomenon is not being replicated in Australia.

Locally, VFACTS figures for September show just 93 electric vehicle sales last month among both Australian private and commercial vehicle purchasers.

Related: First plug-in hybrid Land Rover here in April 2018

Hybrids totalled just 907 vehicle sales in Australia in September 2017.

Those totals are down on the same month last year when manufacturers delivered 84 EVs and 1011 hybrids.

Conversely, in the UK, sales of new alternatively fuelled vehicles leaped up by 41.0% in September.

Much of the extra demand for electric, and primarily hybrid-powered vehicles in the UK came at the expense of diesel-powered models.

The data showing diesel sales dipped nearly 22%, while demand for petrol fell by 1.2%.

Meantime, the UK-based automotive data outlet, hpi, has looked at which hybrid models are likely to retain the most value in the UK market after three years/30,000 miles.

Interestingly, most of the models named are available in Australia, they include the Porsche Panamera hybrid (retains over 81% of its value), BMW 7 Series (75.7%), Volvo XC90 (70.5%), and BMW X5 (66.9%).

Related: Toyota fully committed to hybrids

Why aren’t hybrids and electric cars doing better in Australia? Is it the (relatively) low fuel prices? Lack of attractive models? Pricing?

Let us know your thoughts on hybrids/EVs in the comments section below.

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About Joel Helmes 3711 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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