BEV van sales in H1 miss government ZEV Mandate target

By automotive-mag.com 3 Min Read

Sales of BEV vans accounted for just 4.7% of the new van market in the first half of the year, down on the 5.2% achieved in the first half of 2023.

This is well adrift of the 10% quota set by the government ZEV Mandate and the position has deteriorated. The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, which released the figures said it was a cause for concern.

Deliveries of battery electric vans (BEVs) fell for a third month this year, down -16.8% on June last year to 1,476 units.

With manufacturers mandated to ensure zero emission vehicles comprise a minimum of 10% of their new van registrations this year, market share heading in the opposite direction is a cause for concern.

Sales of new vans -fell 4.5% to 33,066 units in June, ending a record-equalling 17-month growth run.

Sales were up 4.5% in the first half of the year with some 177,620 new vans, pickups and 4x4s registered in 2024.

Deliveries of battery electric vans (BEVs) fell for a third month this year, down -16.8% on June last year to 1,476 units.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “The best first half of a year since 2021 is great news for a market so intrinsic to economic growth, but this optimism will only continue if action is taken to re-energise zero emission van demand.

“A new government provides an opportunity to bolster the market with a strategy to grow the UK’s van-specific charging network at pace and maintain essential fiscal incentives to keep this vital market on track, without which our net zero ambitions will be at risk.”

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