Zero Emission HGV market “shackled by absence of infrastructure and lack of plan”

The heavy goods vehicle sector is calling for an urgent, government-led strategy to drive uptake of zero emission trucks to meet decarbonisation targets. With just over a decade until the first end of sale deadline for the UK’s predominantly diesel HGVs, new analysis from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has found Britain’s strategic […]

EVs take largest share of new car sales

The UK new car market grew 23.5% in November to 142,889 registered units in the fourth consecutive month of year-on-year growth, with newly registered battery electric vehicles up 35.2% to represent more than one in five new cars. New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the growth delivered the best total […]

EV sales continue to grow as diesels lose popularity

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has released its latest statistics of UK new car registrations for August which show EV sales are up 34% year-on-year. However the number of diesels bought fell 12% in the same period. Overall the UK new car market rose by 1.2% in August. The growth, albeit marginal, is […]

Supply issues lead to drop in car sales

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has announced that Britain’s used car market shrank by nearly a fifth in the second quarter of the year. Chief Executive Mike Hawes has written, “As day follows night, falling used car sales were inevitable after a prolonged squeeze on new vehicle supply. SMMT’s new figures this week […]

Collaboration remains critical, say broadcast and automotive leaders

Leaders across the broadcast and automotive sectors have called for continued collaboration between the two industries, at WorldDAB Automotive 2022 in London. Speakers emphasised the importance of working together to ensure that radio retains its place at the centre of the connected dashboard, and to continue to offer the best possible audio experience for drivers. […]

SMMT issues seven point EV plan

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has published a new seven-point plan to ensure every driver in Britain can benefit from an electric vehicle charging network that is affordable, available and accessible to all. The plan, designed to drive collaboration between government, industry and other stakeholders, calls for mandated targets for infrastructure rollout, backed by an independent […]

National Highways publishes eCall explanation video

National Highways has published a YouTube video explaining the emergency service contact system eCall to drivers. With the line “eCall SOS could save your life. Locate the button. Know when to use it,” the video explains what eCall is, how it works and when people should use it. It was produced with support of the […]

National Highways and SMMT work on raising profile of eCall SOS in vehicles

National Highways is working with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to build greater awareness and understanding of eCall and eCall SOS button functions in vehicles. As of summer 2021, over 90% of newly sold cars in the UK have eCall. This built-in safety feature is automatically activated in the event of an […]

Tesla Model 3 the UK’s biggest selling car in June

The all-electric Tesla Model 3 has gone to number one in the chart for car sales in June, beating the VW Golf by more than 800 sales. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says 5,468 Model 3s were sold last month, compared to 4,629n VW Golfs. Other top selling cars were the Ford Puma, […]

SMMT: Business better positioned than domestic users for EV adoption

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called for better support for private retail uptake of EVs, following new figures. The website reports that the SMMT says the data shows that businesses are twice as likely as consumers to make the switch from petrol or diesel at present. SMMT analysis of new […]


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