Plug-in vehicles account for a fifth of January car sales

Plug-in vehicles account for a fifth of January car sales

The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), detailing sales of new plug-in vehicles in January 2022, show that plug-in vehicle registrations accounted for more than a fifth of overall vehicle sales last month.

The new figures show that plug-in vehicles comprised over 20% of overall vehicle sales, with battery-electric vehicles (BEV) accounting for 12.5% of all new car registrations.

Indeed, January 2022 saw a total of 23,480 new plug-in vehicle registrations, comprising 14,433 BEVs and 9,047 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of January 2022 – to over 760,000. That total comprises around 410,000 BEVs and 355,000 PHEVs.

Last year, there were more than 190,000 sales of BEVs in the UK, with over 114,000 sales of PHEVs. With January typically expected to be a ‘quieter’ month for plug-ins, BEVs and PHEVs still took a fifth of market share last month, indicating the upwards trend in sales looks set to continue in 2022.

Last month’s sales saw plug-in vehicles’ market share come down from December’s high of over 33%, with BEVs and PHEVs accounting for 20.4% of overall vehicle sales. This means that plug-in vehicles currently represent 20.4% of market share in 2022, with BEVs at 12.5% and PHEVs at 7.9%.

While no electric vehicle entered the top ten bestsellers last month, important steps forward are certainly being made in terms of the UK’s EV charging infrastructure. For instance, independent forecourt operator MFG plans to open a further 60 electric vehicle charging hubs this year, as part of its MFG EV Power network.

What's more, Shell has also opened its first dedicated EV charging hub in the UK, in Fulham, and charging network Osprey recently announced a major partnership with Ediston to deliver EV charging to customers visiting major retail brands such as Aldi, The Food Warehouse and Costa.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:4th Feb 2022

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