Pure-electric cars reach a quarter of a million in UK

Pure-electric cars reach a quarter of a million in UK

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has shared the latest figures for sales of new cars in May 2021. Although the effect of the lockdown in May last year still provides some anomalous comparative figures, it is worth noting that May 2021 was a strong month for battery-electric vehicles, which held 8.4% market share. The new figures also mean that there are officially more than 250,000 battery-electric vehicles on UK roads.

May 2021 saw a total of 22,975 new electric vehicle registrations, comprising 13,120 BEVs and 9,855 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of May 2021 – to over 535,000. That's approximately 260,000 BEVs and 280,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). In terms of market share, plug-in sales were at 14.7% last month.

Indeed, sales of new plug-in vehicles now represent 13.9% of market share in 2021 year-to-date. So far in 2021, BEVs represent 7.5% of market share, with PHEVs at 6.4%.

As in April, no plug-in vehicle made the top ten cars sold in the UK last month, although Tesla’s Model 3 did break into the top ten in March.

Sales of new plug-in vehicles continue to show very positive signs, with diesel sales appearing to fade somewhat. Importantly, charging point infrastructure continues to grow in the UK. Ofgem, for instance, recently announced it is investing £300m into infrastructure for ultra-rapid chargers.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:7th Jun 2021

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