Goodbye Diesel, Hello Electric

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With more and more people looking towards a ‘greener’ future it wasn’t going to be long before companies were aiming to fill much-needed gaps in the market.

 

Diesel cars have been getting some bad press for a quite a while now, much was not helped by the Volkswagen Emissions scandal. As a result, many individuals who owned their own cars and employers offering company car schemes were eager to rethink their outlook on the vehicle choices.

 

It is believed that the amount of new diesel vehicles being purchased will decline in forthcoming years and many manufacturers have even stopped producing diesel models for fears that they won’t sell particularly well.

 

It is believed that by 2025, only 15% of the cars on the UK roads will be diesel, and there has even been call for the Government to offer a scrappage system to encourage motorists to swap from a diesel car to a greener electric version.

 

It is expected that the number of electric cars on UK roads will reach 200,000 by the end of the year, more than 46,500 hybrid and electric were purchased last year alone.

 

The biggest increase in demand has been seen in the East of England, ironically where currently there are the fewest charging points but there are plans to increase these. Unsurprisingly, the highest demand was seen in London where there are plans for a further 1000 chargers all over the city.

 

With a blanket ban on the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 the future will certainly be hybrid or electric and low or zero emissions.

 

Currently, the most popular electric and hybrid models are the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV being the most popular, followed by the BMW 3 Series 330e, the Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and the Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid.

 

Unfortunately, Tesla who currently sell the Model S Saloon and the Model X SUV don’t release their sales figures so it’s not possible to account for the figures here.

 

If you’re tempted to try out a hybrid or an electric vehicle before committing to a purchase, or if you’re an employer that would like to adopt a greener fleet then we can help you. We offer leasing on a flexible and fixed term basis and we deliver nationwide. Give us a call today and we can answer any questions you may have 01332 290197 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.

 

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