There are over 500,000 plug-in vehicles in the UK

There are over 500,000 plug-in vehicles in the UK

The SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) has released figures that detail new car registrations in April 2021. The impact of 2020's April lockdown ensures some interesting comparative percentage change this month. However, there are certainly some useful figures too.

First, there are now officially more than 500,000 plug-in vehicles on UK roads. Second, it’s great to see that plug-in vehicles (pure-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids) comprised 13.3% of market share in last month.

More interesting still is the growth in plug-in sales between 2021 year-to-date and the same period in 2020. So far in 2021, 77,144 new plug-in vehicles have been sold – an increase of 131% on the same period last year.

April 2021 saw a total of 18,752 new electric vehicle registrations, comprising 9,152 BEVs and 9,600 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads (as of the end of April 2021) to 515,000 – approximately 245,000 pure electrics and 270,000 plug-in hybrids.

In terms of market share, plug-in vehicles made up 13.3% of overall vehicle sales, meaning they represent 13.6% of market share in 2021 year-to-date. So far in 2021, pure electrics represent 7.2% of market share, with plug-in hybrids at 6.4%.

March saw the Tesla Model 3 break into the top ten cars sold in the UK. However, no plug-in vehicle made the top ten in April. Sales of electric vehicles continue to grow strongly, however, with 2021’s plug-in market share holding a consistent three percentage points above 2020.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:6th May 2021

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