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Used electric vehicles are selling faster than used petrol cars for the first time

Used electric vehicles are being shifted from seller forecourts faster than petrol cars for the first time.

Leading on-line automotive market Auto Trader has revealed that the common EV is taking 26 days to promote, which is eighteen days faster than in January and two days faster than petrol cars.

Diesel vehicles are nonetheless selling the quickest, although, at 24 days.

The fastest-selling electric car was the 2017 Nissan Leaf, which takes a median of 20 days to promote. This is adopted by the 2016 Renault Zoe (23 days) and the in-demand Tesla Model 3 (27 days).

The information exhibits demand for electric vehicles has massively elevated, with search volumes and advert views up 123 per cent year-on-year for zero-emission vehicles.

However, Auto Trader says the market share for EVs remains to be very low in contrast with their combustion-engined counterparts, and intent-to-buy can also be low.

This might be right down to the proven fact that EVs are significantly dearer. Data exhibits that ‘almost new’ EVs are 47 per cent dearer than their petrol or diesel equivalents, whereas even a five-year-old automotive is 10 per cent pricier.

Karolina Edwards-Smajda, Auto Trader’s director of economic merchandise, stated: “The acceleration in the velocity of sale of used electric vehicles displays a big enhance in shopper demand this 12 months, which has been pushed by a myriad of things, not least rising gas prices.”

Renault Zoe


Despite this total acceleration of gross sales, no EVs made it onto the fast-selling fashions checklist. The 2017 diesel Seat Alhambra took that honour, predicted to promote in 15 days. This was adopted by numerous fashions, together with the 2016 Mazda CX-5 and 2020 Toyota Prius+, which usually took 16 days to promote.

Edwards-Smajda added: “The used electric market will play an vital function in driving mass adoption and reaching the authorities’s 2030 targets, nevertheless, because it stands, the ‘inexperienced premium’ for shopping for a brand new or used EV means they continue to be out of attain for the overwhelming majority of automotive consumers.

“If the authorities is critical in its ambition, it might want to do much more to make EVs financially accessible to extra than simply the most prosperous; it could do properly to take the lead from different European markets which are making use of a wiser strategy to incentives and a extra complete set of enabling insurance policies.”


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