Gross sales of recent mild business autos in March had been down 27.6% year-on-year as provides of enormous and medium panel vans proceed to be constrained.
Registrations of giant vans, which characterize greater than two thirds of the brand new LCV market, totalled 29,230 items, down 18.9% or 6,802 items on March final 12 months.
The decline in medium-sized vans, between 2.0 and a couple of.5 tonnes, was 27.6% or 2,122 items .
Small vans, in the meantime, decreased by 2,186 items (a 70.8% drop) and pickups by 4,176 items (-48.4%).
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief government, stated, “The sunshine business automobile market has made a slower begin to 2022 in contrast with the primary quarter of final 12 months, reflecting the cyclical nature of fleet operator funding, amid world provide shortages and rising financial pressures.
“Focused help from authorities is required to encourage fleet renewal and a full zero emission van market.
“The enlargement of the Plug-in Van Grant will likely be a constructive for the sector, however equally there must be a higher roll-out of appropriate chargepoints to make sure fleet and self-employed van operators in all areas could make the transition.”
Diesel vans nonetheless dominate the market, with a 93.5% share, not like within the automobile market the place diesel gross sales have fallen from half of gross sales in 2015 to round one in 10 by the top of 2021.
However some van operators are switching to plug-in energy. In contrast with Q1 final 12 months, electrical van uptake elevated by 68.9% to a market share of 5.8%, greater than double a 12 months in the past however nonetheless a ways behind totally electrical passenger vehicles.