According to figures from the car industry, more electric vehicles were registered in July than diesel cars for the second consecutive month.
This is the third consecutive year that battery electric vehicles have surpassed diesel in the last two years.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, however, new car registrations dropped by nearly a third.
The “pandemic”, a continual shortage of chips and isolation, hit the industry.
In July, registrations for battery electric vehicles outnumbered those of diesel cars. However, registrations for petrol vehicles were far ahead.
While cars can only be registered after they have been sold, dealers can register them before they go on the forecourt.
As the UK strives to reduce carbon emissions, people are buying more electric cars.
The UK intends to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 and hybrids by 2035.
This should mean that the majority of cars on the roads in 2050 will be electric or use hydrogen fuel cells.
According to the SMMT, July saw “bumper growth” with plug-in vehicles, with battery-electric cars accounting for 9% of all sales. Hybrid electric vehicles accounted for almost 12% of the sales, while plug-in hybrids accounted for 8%.
This compares to a 7.1% market share of diesel which saw 8,783 registrations.
In June, electric vehicle sales outsold diesel. This also happened in April 2020.