2021 sees largest-ever increase in plug-in sales

2021 sees largest-ever increase in plug-in sales

The latest figures are out from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and they detail new car registrations in December 2021. The figures also complete the numbers for 2021 as a whole.

For starters, plug-in vehicles comprised an impressive 33% of overall vehicle sales in December, with battery-electric vehicles (BEV) accounting for a quarter of all new car registrations last month. This means that plug-in vehicles represented 18.6% of market share in 2021.

Moreover, 2021 saw the largest-ever annual increase in the number of plug-in registrations, which grew by 74% on 2020. Last year saw 130,000 additional plug-in vehicles sold compared with the number in 2020.

Specifically, December 2021 saw a total of 36,041 new plug-in vehicle registrations, comprising 27,705 BEVs and 8,336 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of December 2021 – to over 740,000. This total comprises around 395,000 BEVs and 350,000 PHEVs.

Overall in 2021, there were more than 190,000 sales of BEVs in the UK, with over 114,000 sales of PHEVs.

Last month’s sales saw market share grow again for plug-in vehicles, which made up 33.2% of overall vehicle sales. This means that plug-in vehicles represented 18.6% of market share in 2021, with BEVs at 11.6% and PHEVs at 7%. The three figures rose steadily throughout 2021.

December 2021 also saw the Tesla Model 3 and the Nissan Leaf in the top ten cars sold in the UK. Taking top spot, the Model 3 sold 9,612 models in the UK in December. In 10th place, 1,578 Leafs were sold last month.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:7th Jan 2022

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