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This article was published on June 21, 2021


The UK’s used car market recovers – and BEVs are the winners

Hybrids tied with petrol cars in sales increase

The UK’s used car market recovers – and BEVs are the winners
Ioanna Lykiardopoulou
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Ioanna Lykiardopoulou

Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives. Ioanna is a writer at SHIFT. She likes the transition from old to modern, and she's all about shifting perspectives.

The UK‘s used car market has been witnessing a surge since April with sales rising 671% year-on-year, according to the latest INDICATA Market Watch. The trend continued in May with an extra 8.9% increase.

But these aren’t the only striking numbers. Used hybrid car sales went up 8% in May compared with April, by the same rate as petrol cars (8%) and just behind diesel cars, with 10% rise. EVs had the biggest increase of 15%.

Similarly, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) saw the highest rise in stock turnover (how many times their stocks were purchased), with 26% for EVs and 24% for hybrids. Especially regarding hybrids, their stock turnover (10.4x) was almost on par with that of petrol and diesel cars (10.9x).

The data showed that the Vauxhall Mokka was the fastest selling BEV used car up to 4-years-old, followed by the Kia Niro and the Mini.

What’s evident from the data is that the easing of COVID-related lockdown restrictions has allowed for both demand and supply in the UK’s used car market. And most notably, BEVs are gradually holding their ground.



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