Lockdown has affected all aspects of the UK’s economy, not least the car industry. A combination of physical restrictions and financial uncertainty has seen new car sales fall off a cliff, with the number of new registrations in April at just 4,321 – a tiny fraction of the 160,000 cars that drove off dealer forecourts in the same period last year. With buyers staying out of showrooms, electric vehicles (EVs) have taken prominence on the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)’s car sales list. The pricey Tesla Model 3 made 658 sales to oust even the Ford Fiesta as the most popular new car in April.

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Electric cars top UK bestsellers list for April 2020