The September data from Leasing.com has revealed continued growth in the enquiries for electric vehicles (EVs), driven by the ongoing fuel crisis.
The Volkswagen ID.3 and Hyundai Kona both featured in the top 10 most enquired about vehicles in September on the site, with the Tesla Model 3 coming in 11th place.
Leasing.com said the growth is in part a reflection of the UK fuel crisis, which has seen queues at the forecourts and the British army mobilised to help appease the driver shortage. During the final week of September, when the fuel crisis took hold, the electric ID.3 was the most popular vehicle.
However, other factors are contributing to the growth, including increased single charge range from newer models which is helping to dispel a lot of the fear around running out of battery. Models like the ID.3 now have a driving range of 340 miles, similar to that of an ICE model, despite being a small family hatchback. Moreover, the new Lucid Air promises over 500 miles from a single charge, overtaking Tesla’s previous record of 402 miles achieved in 2020.
Paul Harrison, head of strategic partnerships at Leasing.com, said: “EVs must now be considered in the same breath as traditional combustion engines – we’re seeing sustained demand from consumers and strong new EV enquiries versus traditional fuel types.
“The growth in new EV sales also appears to go hand-in-hand with the increased demand for leasing. The latest FLA statistics show that the value of leasing contracts provided in the last 12 months grew faster than any other private new car finance product.”
Elsewhere in the September league tables, Hyundai has climbed to 3rd in the top 10 manufacturers, while the Nissan Qashqai has climbed to 5th and the Volkswagen Golf has reclaimed the top spot in the list of most popular car models.
Top 10 manufacturers
- Range Rover
Top 10 personal enquiries
- Volkswagen Golf
- BMW 1 Series
- Nissan Qashqai
- Vauxhall Corsa
- Volkswagen ID.3
- Hyundai Kona
- Range Rover Sport
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Volkswagen T-Cross
- BMW 2-Series