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‘Grave concern’ expressed over a fall in sales of low emission cars

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New figures show that demand for new alternatively-fuelled cars has fallen for the first time in more than two years.

Around 13,314 of the cars were registered in the UK last month, down 11.8% on the 15,099 registered during June 2018.

Aol reports that the new data, published by The Society of Motor and Traders (SMMT), said that the decline has been driven by a reduction in sales of hybrid cars.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive said, ‘The fact that sales of alternatively-fuelled cars are going into reverse is a grave concern.’

According to Aol government grants for new low-emission cars were slashed in October last year, which means hybrid models are no longer eligible for the scheme.

The government also announced a plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040 last summer.

Hawes continued saying, ‘Another month of decline is worrying but the fact that sales of alternatively-fuelled cars are going into reverse is a grave concern.’

‘Manufacturers have invested billions to bring these vehicles to market but their efforts are now being undermined by confusing policies and the premature removal of purchase incentives,’ added Hawes.

 
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