UK EV SALES DOUBLE IN NOVEMBER
Sales of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) more than doubled in November compared to the same month in 2020, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has reported.
In an overall market where new car registrations increased by just under 2% on a month-on-month comparison, sales of electric vehicles bucked the trend with dealers reporting strong demand.
The overall new car sales market remains significantly depressed from pre-pandemic levels with the SMMT acknowledging that global supply chain issues reduced overall demand for new vehicles by 31% when comparing the monthly average for the past five years.
The SMMT has also expressed its concern over investment into the charging infrastructure required to support new EVs. The Society’s analysis showed that the number of plug-in cars sharing a public charging point deteriorated from 11 cars per charger to 16 between 2019 and 2020. Just one standard on-street public charger has been installed for every 52 new plug-in cars registered in 2021.
“The continued acceleration of electrified vehicle registrations is good for the industry, the consumer and the environment,” said SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes. “But, with the pace of public charging infrastructure struggling to keep up, we need swift action and binding public charger targets so that everyone can be part of the electric vehicle revolution, irrespective of where they live.”
The Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling EV in November 2021, with 3,077 units being registered during the month.