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Market share of fuel types in new cars registered in the UK 2016-2020

Since 2017, the popularity of diesel cars has been decreasing. The decline could be attributable to a number of factors, from the negative perceptions of diesel associated with the ‘Dieselgate’ scandal, to fears of a tightening regulatory environment. The average price of diesel fuel steadily increased. A peak in prices was recorded in October 2018, when it reached 136.7 pence per liter. In January 2020, this figure stood at 1.3 British pounds per liter.

Every tenth car will be electric by 2020

In terms of sales volume, the number of newly registered passenger cars with electric propulsion crossed the 100,000 unit threshold in 2017. It is expected that this figure will increase to 243,000 units in 2020. Plug-in electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles are expected to reach similar figures in the range between 120,000 and 122,000 units. Overall, sales figures are expected to slump amid the coronavirus outbreak in the United Kingdom.

Passenger car registrations in the United Kingdom between 2016 and 2020, by fuel type

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Source

Release date

January 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2016 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Outlook figures
Electric includes BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle), PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) vehicles.
Petrol and diesel include MHEV vehicles (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
Percentage values are Statista calculations based on absolute figures provided by the source.
Petrol cars are the difference between all diesel, BEV, PHEV, and HEV cars all cars.
All figures are for new registrations.

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