In the United Kingdom, more electric vehicles were sold in the year 2021 than those in the past five years combined, bucking a trend of stagnation in the new automotive market. During the year, a total of 190,727 electric vehicles were registered, a 76 percent increase over 2020 and a dramatic contrast to the general 1 percent growth in new car registrations. Industry analysts called the ongoing rise of electric vehicles a rare bright spot in an otherwise challenging year but cautioned that additional infrastructure and incentives were still needed.
Pure electric cars currently account for just under 12% of all new automobiles, according to figures from the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trader), while hybrids, which have also seen rising sales, account for another 16%.
Despite a 16 percent reduction, petrol cars still accounted for over half of 1.6 million new vehicle registrations last year. Diesel registrations fell 48 percent year over year, compared to already down 2020 levels.
Despite a minor improvement over 2020 estimates, which were badly impacted by the Covid pandemic, the market is still roughly 30% lower than pre-pandemic levels due to worldwide supply constraints and changes in trading agreements.
EV registrations were a “bright spot” among a “desperately disappointing” year, according to Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, but he warned that the sector and customers still needed help. “Not product availability, but pricing and charging infrastructure are the main obstacles to our common net-zero objectives,” he stated. Recent reductions in incentives and residential charging grants should be restored, and public on-street charging should be expanded with mandatory targets.”
The rise of electric vehicles is projected to continue in 2022, according to Jim Holder, who is the editorial director in charge of What Car? “Attitudes toward electric vehicles are rapidly shifting, with an increasing number of fresh models to select from, increases in vehicle range, and public charging infrastructure,” he said.
According to research, electric vehicle customers now make up a larger percentage of individuals purchasing a new car than those purchasing a diesel or petrol model. But that’s all there is to the good news. The semiconductor scarcity continues to be a major issue for almost all makers, with several models seeing delivery times of more than a year. With new Brexit-linked customs constraints, rising price levels, and an increase in Covid cases, the beginning of 2022 is likely to push the industry to its limits. When considering future economic stimulus programs, the government must consider the car industry.”