Today, electric cars are responsible for just 1.6 percent of all new lease cars, but the BVRLA says there is evidence to suggest the EV market share will soar this year.
Indeed, average CO2 figures for new lease cars declined in the third quarter of 2019. A figure of 116.8g/km is down from 118.5g/km in the previous quarter.
Meanwhile, diesel is down to 38.3 percent of market share, with petrol declining slightly to 52.8 percent.
Switching to a personal lease increases the monthly fee, but some popular electric cars remain affordable. Deals include £170 for a Nissan Leaf, £175 for a Skoda Citigo e iV and £180 for a Renault Zoe.
EV could ‘really take-off’
Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive, said: “It is clear that the fleet sector has enthusiastically embraced the EV market and we expect to see BEV registrations really take off in 2020.
“If OEMs can supply enough vehicles and the government maintains the vital Plug-in Car Grant, there is no reason why the BEV share of new lease registrations couldn’t hit 20 percent by the end of the year.”
The BVRLA 2019 Quarterly Leasing Survey points to a shrinking business fleet leasing market. A figure of 1.21 million vehicles is a four-year low, with car leases down nine percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, the personal contract hire (PCH) market was up 17 percent.
The expected surge in demand for electric car leases will be required to offset the rise in CO2 emissions caused by the high demand for petrol cars and what the BVRLA calls “the inflationary impact of the new WLTP emissions standard”.