Surge in demand for used hybrid and electric cars

Sales up 28.6% in third quarter of 2018

Electric cars

British used-car buyers are increasingly turning to low and zero-emissions vehicles, according to the latest secondhand sales figures from industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The third quarter of 2018 saw sales of these cars jump 28.6% compared to the same period in 2017, with a total of just under 30,000 electric, plug-in or hybrid used cars changing hands. Used electric-car sales specifically went up 8.3%.

Petrol and diesel continues to dominate however, with models powered by these fuels making up 98% of the over two million used cars sold in the quarter. Overall used-car sales dipped slightly year-on-year, with a 2.1% decline in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the third quarter of 2018.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT's chief executive, said: "It's encouraging that the UK used-car market has remained solid in the third quarter of the year, and good news that there's growing enthusiasm for alternatively powered vehicles.

"The right policies and incentives from government are needed to encourage new-car buyers to take up the latest, cleanest petrol, diesel and electric models that best suit their driving needs. This would be the best way for these advanced technologies to filter through to the used market, helping to accelerate fleet renewal to improve air quality and meet climate change goals."

Find out more about buying a used electric or hybrid car and check out our secondhand buying guides on the Renault ZOE, Honda CR-Z, Toyota Prius Mk3, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Nissan Leaf Mk1 and Lexus CT 200h.

Most Popular

Polestar 2 now with 395-mile range and faster charging
Polestar 2 updated
News

Polestar 2 now with 395-mile range and faster charging

The Tesla Model 3 rival gets major updates for the 2024 model year; order books open now, with prices starting from £44,950
24 Jan 2023
New Peugeot e-3008 electric SUV to offer 435-mile range
Peugeot e-3008 teaser
News

New Peugeot e-3008 electric SUV to offer 435-mile range

Peugeot’s first bespoke EV will be available with all-wheel drive and is due to be revealed later this year
26 Jan 2023
First look at new Ford electric SUV ahead of 2023 reveal
Ford medium-sized crossover prototype
News

First look at new Ford electric SUV ahead of 2023 reveal

The as-yet-unnamed EV is expected to debut in March and will be built on the same platform as the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV
23 Jan 2023