Plug-ins make up 18% of new car sales in August

Plug-ins make up 18% of new car sales in August

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have been released today that detail new car registrations in August. At a time of year when absolute numbers tend to be lower, August 2021 was a relatively good month in terms of market share for plug-in vehicles, which have now reached 15% market share in 2021 year-to-date.

With plug-in sales performing well overall in 2021, last month was no different: sales of new plug-in cars made up 18.3% of overall vehicle sales in August.

Last month saw a total of 12,437 new plug-in vehicle registrations, comprising 7,388 BEVs and 5,049 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of August 2021 – to over 600,000 (approx. 300,000 BEVs and 305,000 PHEVs). In terms of market share, plug-in sales were at 18.3% last month.

August 2021 was a good month in terms of market share for plug-in vehicles, which made up 18.3% of overall vehicle sales, up from 17.0% in July. This means they now represent 15% of market share in 2021 year-to-date. So far in 2021, BEVs represent 8.4% of market share, with PHEVs at 6.6%. The two figures have been increasing as the year progresses.

Last month also saw sales of petrol and diesel cars drop significantly compared with August 2020. Petrol decreased by over 40% and diesel by nearly 65%. The continued increase in sales of mild hybrid electric vehicles is one to keep an eye on, however. (MHEV petrol vehicle sales increased 48.5% last month compared to last year.)

“Today’s data shows how Britain’s booming electric vehicle market is bucking the trend of widespread supply and staff shortages. But there are warning signs we should address now to ensure there are no barriers in the shift to clean transport,” said Melanie Shufflebotham, COO & Co-founder of Zap-Map.

“Petrol and diesel cars are in permanent decline and we need to focus our attention on shifting investment to growing the UK’s EV manufacturing base.”

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:6th Sep 2021

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