It’s been an interesting past few months

It’s been an interesting past few months

With Brexit extended, wavering loyalty to the UK by carmakers and the change to WLTP figures, its been a challenge to keep up with it all.

In an era of self-inflicted uncertainty, the one constant has been that of an electric future.

There’s just one problem. Popularity of electrified vehicles has grown globally at such a rate, that manufacturers are struggling to meet demand with supply. Indeed, recent SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) figures reported a decline of 34.4% in April for plug-in hybrids, and a year-to-date figure of - 20.4%. Conversely, the overall AFV (Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles) number increased 12.7% in April, helped along by non-plug-in hybrids in particular.

So what’s going on? It appears there’s a two-pronged reply:

1. Some (notably Mitsubishi) felt that the erradication of the government’s PHEV grant, which lopped £2,500 from the price of a shiny new plug-in hybrid, had a negative impact on sales.
2. Others said PHEVs simply weren’t attainable, due to either battery supply limitations or having being pulled from line-ups for various reasons.

Whatever the case, one thing everyone agrees on is that electrified vehicles are on the rise and education of AFVs is very much needed - and that’s where Drive-My comes in.


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