Currently reading: UK diesel car sales rise following electric car stumble
Diesel sales rose 12% in December 2023, briefly interrupting a decline that began back in 2016

A stumble in the demand for electric cars in the UK could be benefiting diesel cars, at least in the short term, new data has shown.

In December 2023, EV sales fell 34%, while diesel car sales actually rose 12%, briefly interrupting a decline that began back in 2016. 

“When BEV does badly, combustion engines do better, but diesel does a little better than petrol,” said Al Bedwell, head of powertrain analysis at market researcher GlobalData.

The situation is even more pronounced in Germany.

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