Tesla Model Y enters top ten bestsellers in February

Tesla Model Y enters top ten bestsellers in February

New figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that new plug-in vehicle registrations comprised more than a quarter of overall vehicle sales last month.

Indeed, in February plug-in vehicles accounted for more than 25% of overall vehicle sales, with battery-electric vehicles (BEV) accounting for almost 18% of all new car registrations.

In contrast, sales of internal combustion engine vehicles were down, with diesel, petrol and mild-hybrid diesel sales decreasing significantly on February 2021. Sales of BEVs came in second place last month: behind only petrol vehicles.

February was also a good month for Tesla – in the UK at least. The electric carmaker saw two of its models enter the top ten bestsellers in the UK – one for the first time.

Both the Tesla Model Y and Tesla Model 3 entered the top ten last month, in fourth and fifth positions respectively. There were 1,306 sales of the Model Y, followed closely by 1,275 sales of the Model 3. It is the first time the Model Y has entered the top ten in the UK.

Overall, February 2022 saw a total of 15,094 new plug-in vehicle registrations, comprising 10,417 BEVs and 4,677 PHEVs. This takes the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads – as of the end of February – to over 780,000. That total comprises around 420,000 BEVs and 360,000 PHEVs.

In terms of absolute numbers, sales of BEVs came in second place last month – behind only sales of conventional petrol vehicles. So far in 2022, almost 25,000 BEVs have been sold in the UK, alongside nearly 14,000 PHEVs.

February's sales saw plug-in vehicles’ market share increase from January’s 20.4%, with BEVs and PHEVs accounting for 25.6% of overall vehicle sales in February. This means that plug-in vehicles currently represent 22.2% of market share in 2022, with BEVs at 14.3% and PHEVs at 7.9%.

Last year in the UK, there were more than 190,000 sales of BEVs in the UK, with over 114,000 sales of PHEVs. Indeed, 2021 saw the biggest ever annual increase in number of registrations, with a growth of 74% on 2020. This upwards trend only looks set to continue in 2022.

Olly Goodall

Author:Olly Goodall
Date Updated:7th Mar 2022

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