“Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) continued to accelerate in September however, surging 41.0% in the month and 34.6% year-to-date, with nearly 95,000 leaving forecourts this year. However, this couldnâ€™t compensate for declines in registrations of petrol cars, down -1.2%, and, especially, diesel which fell for the sixth consecutive month, down -21.7%.”
See Demand for new cars declines in September as consumer and business confidence fallsGee, I feel positively prescient. Ten years ago, I advised TLW to buy an EV, the Nissan Leaf, or a diesel, the VW Jetta. Both would have been decent buys. She would have obtained a good reliable car with much higher efficiency than her first choice, a gas-guzzling hybrid SUV. The world is thinking my way now, seeing the great advantages of efficiency and cleanliness, whatever the price of oil. The diesel Jetta would be still going strong while our SUV is a constant pain. The Nissan Leaf would be on its second battery I guess but maintenance would be a fraction of what the SUV entails.
The world is catching up with me and EVs are a growth industry with everyone and its dog building EVs. There’s plenty of room for growth but I’m pleased to say it looks like Electra Meccanica Vehicles is on the verge of shipping Solo EVs in large quantities. It’s about time. I ordered mine 9 months ago and I’ll probably have to wait a few more months to take delivery. This time, I’ll bypass TLW. When she sees my shiny new bug in the driveway, she’ll want one too.