The latest findings from the Auto Trader Fastest Selling Index reveal that second-hand car buyers are clamouring for EVs.
The Renault Zoe is particularly in demand. Renault’s long-serving electric city car takes up three of the top four fastest-selling spots. Zoes dating from 2017, 2016 and 2015 are selling, on average, in no more than 26 days. The 2016 Seat Alhambra diesel (automatic) takes third place among them.
It’s the third time that an EV has come top in the fastest-sellers chart. Last time, it was the Nissan Leaf in March 2019. Before that, it was the Zoe in July 2018. This is the first time, however, that an electric vehicle has taken first and second spots.
Rank Make / model Fuel & transmission Auto Trader Retail Rating Predicted days to sell 1 2015 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.88 21 2 2016 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.59 23 3 2016 Seat Alhambra Diesel – Automatic 99.41 24 4 2017 Renault Zoe Electric – Automatic 99.32 26 5 2016 Ford Grand C-Max Diesel – Automatic 99.32 27 6 2015 Dacia Sandero Stepway Petrol – Manual 99.10 28 7 2015 Seat Alhambra Diesel – Automatic 99.23 29 8 2015 Volkswagen Polo Petrol – Manual 99.22 29 9 2016 Toyota Aygo Petrol – Automatic 99.04 31 10 2018 Volkswagen Up Petrol – Automatic 99.34 33
Overall, the MPVs and SUVs that normally dominate the top of the table have been deposed, with smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles breaking into the top 10. Examples include the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up.
“This month’s result is hugely significant as it marks the first time a pure electric has taken both the first and second spot on our list of fastest turners, and it’s only the third time since we’ve been tracking the market that one has been named the overall fastest,” said Auto Trader’s director of commercial products, Karolina Edwards-Smajda.
“This clear appetite for used and new EVs represent an exciting opportunity for retailers at a time when the market is facing such unprecedented challenges. Businesses should begin to make provisions for the accelerating demand, such as featuring charging points on their forecourts, train sales teams to explain the benefits and latest capabilities of electric vehicles, and importantly, market their alternatively fuelled vehicles the same way they do their petrol and diesel counterparts.
“Our research shows car buyers are increasingly viewing AFVs the same as any other car; it’s vital retailers do too.”
Why is the Zoe such a fast seller?
There’s a puzzle to the Zoe’s popularity on Auto Trader. Is it that the prices of some longer-range variants are reaching the point of attainability? Much is made of how electric cars depreciate, but if you compare a 2015 Zoe with 34,000 miles to an equivalent Renault Clio, it’s £2,000 more expensive, at around £7,000.
The fact of the matter is, a bit more range in combination with sliding prices, a gradually improving charging network and an ever-broadening awareness of EVs, is advancing their appeal.