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SMMT New Van Registrations: June 2024

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The light commercial vehicle market experienced a -4.5% decline in June, ending a 17-month growth streak. However, it still recorded its best first half-year performance since 2021, with a 4.5% increase from last year. However, demand for battery electric vans fell by -16.8% for the third month in 2024, emphasising the need for continued fiscal incentives and improved charging infrastructure.

Van Market Records Best First Half Since 2021 Despite June Decline

The UK’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -4.5% to 33,066 units in June, ending a record-equalling 17-month growth run, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).1 Despite the fall, the market has remained robust in the first half of the year – up by 4.5% with some 177,620 new vans, pickups and 4x4s registered in 2024, the best performance since 2021.2

The scale of June’s decline is, in part, artificially inflated compared with 2023 – which saw the best June performance for four years as the industry met pent-up demand following Covid.3

Mixed Performance Across Light Commercial Vehicle Segments; Battery Electric Van Sales Continue to Decline

Demand varied across segments, with registrations of vans weighing more than 2.0 to 2.5 tonnes, up 14.0% to 7,169 units and those weighing less than or equal to 2.0 tonnes, up 58.7% to 806. Vehicles weighing above 2.5 tonnes up to 3.5 tonnes, however, which account for two-thirds of the market, fell -8.3% to 21,677 units. Pickup and 4×4 registrations declined by -18.1% and -20.3%, respectively.

Deliveries of battery electric vans (BEVs) fell for a third month this year, down -16.8% on June last year to 1,476 units.4 As a result, in the year to date, BEVs account for just 4.7% of all new light van registrations compared with 5.2% for the same period last year. 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.

Collaborative Efforts Needed to Boost Zero-Emission Van Market, Says SMMT Chief Executive

Manufacturers are working hard to deliver growing numbers of zero-emission models to Britain’s roads through new model launches and attractive offers that inspire the demand of every type of driver. Still, all stakeholders must play their part to deliver the needed market transition.

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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