Demand for electric vehicles has risen spectacularly during September, the industry body SMMT reporting that battery electric vehicles took the highest ever market share: 15.2%.
The news was less good for the rest of the market which is seeing supply constraints, thanks to the shortage of semiconductors. It hit supplies of petrol and diesel vehicles particularly hard.
But the upwards curve for electric vehicle sales shows the positive demand for electric cars, as well as plug-in hybrid vehicles, which between them took over a fifth of all registrations during September.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, commented:
“The rocketing uptake of plug-in vehicles, especially battery electric cars, demonstrates the increasing demand for these new technologies. However, to meet our collective decarbonisation ambitions, we need to ensure all drivers can make the switch – not just those with private driveways – requiring a massive investment in public recharging infrastructure. Chargepoint roll-out must keep pace with the acceleration in plug-in vehicle registrations.”
The top-selling car in September was the all-electric Tesla Model 3, outpacing more traditional cars such as the Vauxhall Corsa and BMW 3 Series in third place.
Meryem Brassington, electrification propositions lead at vehicle funder Lex Autolease, added:
“The rise of EV registrations are now at a UK high – a major boost as we work towards the 2030 ICE ban deadline.
“The recent fuel shortage will only have further heightened awareness of the importance of transitioning to an electric future.”
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