It's expected that more than 2.8 million electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be sold globally in 2019, according to electric vehicle expert Prajyot Sathe at market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
United Kingdom vehicle sales in 2018 saw the biggest annual fall since the financial crisis, according to industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Private, fleet and business registrations all fell in 2018, with the biggest losses felt in the fleet sector (down 7.3%).More news: Robert Mueller Accuses Manafort of Sharing Poll Data With Russian
Consumers continued to ditch diesel cars for automobiles seen as more environmentally-friendly. Growth in registrations of petrol (+8.7%) and alternatively fuelled vehicles (+20.9%) helped compensate but was not enough to offset the diesel downturn. In the AFV sector, petrol-electric hybrids were up 21.3 per cent to 81,156 units. She went back to the data, nearly 30 per cent reflecting the development in other countries.
Pure electric cars grew 13.8% in the year but, with just 15,474 registered, they still make up only 0.7% of the market, meaning the pace of growth of plug-in cars is now falling significantly behind the European Union average.
She said: "Parliament will not let the United Kingdom leave without a deal, but the uncertainty around the country's future caused by the prime minister refusing to rule out no deal is a source of concern for the vehicle industry".
The reason for the slump in sales of the Diesel crisis, stricter emission regulations and the uncertainty of the customer due to the ambiguity of the approaching Brexit.More news: Hudson-Odoi coy over Bayern speculation Read Chelsea • By Alex Turk
'The industry is facing ever-tougher environmental targets against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty that is weakening demand so these figures should act as a wake-up call for policy makers.
New auto sales in Northern Ireland fell by just over 3% in 2018, according to industry figures.
"The supply chain is taking the brunt of the immediate pressure in terms of stockpiling inventory and the next few months are going to critical".
"If you speak to most manufacturers and [ask], "What are the two most important factors in selling these new types of vehicles, ' they'll say 'incentives that are available, and [currency] exchange rates", he said.More news: Slim down or be grounded, Pakistan airline tells overweight cabin crew
"Although CO2 emissions increased for a second year, more people are buying battery electric vehicles, and whilst these vehicles continue to be a small percentage of overall sales, this is increasing as the technology becomes better known and range anxiety decreases".