WHILE new car registrations continued to suffer as ongoing supply issues dog the market, registrations of electric vehicles (EVs) during May are maintaining a strong growth trajectory.
New registrations of battery electric vehicles rose 17.7% said the SMMT, responsible for one in eight new vehicles on the road in May 2022.
Year-to-date shows that EVs have increased 71.2% while their market share for 2022 is 14%. Diesel, once a fleet staple, is now in terminal decline with just 10.5% share of this year’s market.
Commenting on the latest figures from the SMMT, Meryem Brassington, Electrification Propositions Lead at leasing company Lex Autolease, said:
Demand for electric vehicles continues to show no signs of slowing down as the UK accelerates along its journey towards cleaner and greener transport.
We must now ensure that the supply of available charge points across the country is able to withstand the influx of electric cars on the roads. This is particularly important at a time when the second-hand EV market is beginning to gather momentum to encourage more motorists to make the electric switch.
It has also been reassuring to see the significant increase in take-up of the domestic EV charging grant across the UK, with 121,001 devices installed in the 12 months to 1 April 2022 – an 86% increase compared to the previous year.
However, plugging any gaps between EV car sales and charging infrastructure installations now is critical to maintain the goodwill that exists and achieve the UK’s longer-term electrification ambition.
The SMMT added that to continue the EV momentum and to drive a robust EV mass market, it was essential buyers had the confidence to go electric. The industry body added that this required an acceleration in the rollout of accessible charging infrastructure to match the increasing number of plug-in vehicles on the market.
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