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Used electric car sales rise 47.1% in Q1

New data from Experian Automotive, part of the Experian Group, shows that Q1 used electric car sales rose by 47.10% and hybrid used car sales rose by 24.16% compared to Q1 2013.

Andrew Ballard, principal consultant for Experian Automotive, said: ‘Whilst low in number in absolute terms, we have undoubtedly seen an increase in electric and hybrid vehicles in new car sales, over the past few years. This has been encouraged by not only the vehicles’ known benefits, such as zero or minimal emissions and their exemption from road tax; but by the government subsidies given to drivers upon purchase. However electric vehicles tend to suffer from higher levels of depreciation according to the UK valuation guides, this is likely to be due to in part to the subsidy impact when new, which makes them exceptionally good value for money vehicle in the second hand market.’

Experian Automotive’s latest Used Car Data report also shows that superminis are still most popular vehicles in the used car market, with a 33.42% rise compared to Q1 2013.

Meanwhile the south east (+7%) and the West Midlands (+6.92%) saw the biggest sale increases in the used car market across the regions. 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.