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07 Jun 20211 minute read

Trade body leader calls for more EV incentives

Trade body leader calls for more EV incentives

The Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK’s biggest automotive trade association, has called for more incentives for van users and fleet operators to switch to zero-emission vehicles.

The call comes as the SMMT released new data showing that May 2021 way the best May on record for new van registrations in the UK.

Registrations grew across all vehicle segments, with the total number of units quadrupling on last year’s lockdown-impacted figures. Demand for larger 2.5-3.5 tonne vans drove the increase, comprising two thirds of all registrations, some 19,687 vans.

With 157,150 vans registered so far in 2021, performance year to date is the highest on record, almost double what it was in 2020 (up 99.3%), and up 4.0% on a pre-pandemic five-year average.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “May’s figures are welcome news, suggesting Britain’s additional reliance on commercial vehicles is a long-term shift rather than a lockdown stopgap. As the nationwide vaccination rollout continues at pace, maintaining business confidence is essential for the LCV market. 

“However, to counter the environmental impact accompanying increased demand, we need to incentivise some 4.6 million van users and operators alike to make the switch to zero-emission capable technologies. This starts with plans for a nationwide charging infrastructure that can support the diverse needs of the commercial vehicle sector.”

For the full report, datasets and tables, click here