Independent transport research organisation New Automotive has reported continued growth in sales of electric cars, with more than one in ten new vehicles registered in the UK being fully electric.
The April number from the Electric Car Count, a monthly data report, showed 11,685 pure electric registered vehicles, a 33 per cent increase year-on-year. These figures vary slightly from those published by the SMMT but reveal the same trend.
In contrast, there was a steady decline in petrol as registrations fell from 77,500 in April 2021 to 58,400 in April 2020, a 25 per cent decrease year-on-year. However, Petrol cars still dominate the market share with almost 54 per cent.
The hybrid engine ranks second with its market share at 26 per cent, and the number of registered cars is slightly down from 28,115 in April last year to 27,814 this year.
New AutoMotive head of policy and research, Ben Nelmes, said that the rise in petrol and diesel prices and increased pressure to shun Russian diesel dependency fuelled the EV growth.
He also added: “a 10 per cent market share for EVs could and should be better.”
Nelmes pointed out the need for the government to continue to support more people to access the benefits of switching to an electric car.
In terms of the race between each brand in EV market share, Hyundai dominates the market this month with the registered number reaching 1,206, followed by BMW and KIA racing neck to neck at 982 and 912, respectively.
Tesla did not appear in the data set since the company made no deliveries in the month.
Mini doubled its deliveries in April; registered cars jumped from 340 in April 2021 to 748 this year, thanks to the continuing success of the Mini Electric.
The data set from New Automotive also shows that Jaguar is the quickest brand to electrify its models’ portfolio. The April number reveals that almost 47 per cent of the brand’s registered cars are electric vehicles, up from only 17 per cent in April 2021.
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