Lucky 13 for LCV sales

The new light commercial vehicle (LCVs) market grew by 8.4% with 23,962 vehicles joining UK roads during January, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The increase marks 13 consecutive months of growth and the highest January total since 2021.

New van registrations are also increasingly zero emission, as demand for new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) grew to 1,186 units in January, up 19.4% on the same month last year.

As a result, some 60,517 new BEVs have joined Britain’s roads since 2018, with access to the Plug-in Van Grant helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their carbon emissions.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “More than a year of growth shows the importance of vans to Britain’s economy, and surpassing 60,000 electric vans is a crucial step in our net zero journey. Industry is ready to deliver a mass market transition but buyer demand must increase massively, requiring everyone to play their part. Ramping up dedicated public van charging infrastructure in particular is essential for all UK businesses to be confident of making the switch, sooner rather than later.”