Electric car sales UK – May 2021

Electric cars now have 7.5% of the new sales market

Electric car sales UK – Share of market increased from 6.5 to 8.4% whilst Plug-in Hybrids fell from 6.8 to 6.3%. This suggests that the increase in range availability is making Electric cars more accessible.

Over the first five months of 2021 sales of Electric Cars had 7.5% of the market, up significantly from just 4.3% in the equivalent months of 2020.

Battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share declined from 12.0% a year ago to 8.4% in the past month, although the May 2020 performance was distorted by lockdowns when new cars could only be purchased through click and collect or delivery, giving rise to variable purchasing patterns.

Looking more broadly across 2021, plug-in vehicles now comprise 13.8% of new car registrations, up from 7.2% a year earlier, with the most rapid growth seen in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) derivatives. Pure petrol and mild hybrid petrol cars so far account for 60.4% of registrations, while pure diesel and mild hybrid diesels took a 18.0% share year to date, compared to 64.6% and 22.4% last year.

Business confidence drives cautious recovery in new car registrations – SMMT – May 2021

Electric car sales UK in May 2021

Electric car sales UK
SMMT New car registrations May 2021

Electric car sales UK – Year to date May 2021

SMMT New car registrations YTD May 2021

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