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According to New AutoMotive, a total of 11,685 pure electric vehicles were sold in April 2022.
This represents a 10.77% market share, an increase from the 8,809 units sold in April 2021 (6.6% share).
While it is a drop on the number of Battery Electric Vehicles sold in March 2022, when there were more Pure Electric Vehicles sold than in the entirety of 2019, March is usually a month of very high vehicle sales, with around 20% of total annual registrations usually recorded due to it being a new number plate month.
Petrol registrations also fell to 58,400 in April 2022 from 77,500 in April 2021, while 10,300 diesel vehicles were purchased, compared to 18,874 in April 2021.
For a number of months, sales of Battery Electric Vehicles have been higher than sales of diesel cars. Earlier months have seen a bigger gap between the two, but the trend has been continuing.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, in January there were 14,433 battery electric vehicle sales, compared to 6,008 diesel car sales.
For the fourth month in a row, Peterborough DVLA area (which includes Cambridgeshire) registered the most electric vehicle registrations. New AutoMotive’s data showed that 40% of all cars sold in the area were electric.
The area of Maidstone, including all of Kent, was second place with 38%, while Oxfordshire came in third (32%).
New AutoMotive was co-founded by Ben Nelmes, and his job is to create policy. He says that while the slow growth in the United Kingdom is good, it needs to be faster.
“Ministers should use every tool in the box to support those who are most dependent on their cars and drive the most miles to be first in line to get an electric car – that is how we’ll end our reliance on Russian diesel, help those hit hardest by rising fuel prices and meet our net zero targets.”
The automotive industry is the United Kingdom’s largest exporter of goods, generating £100 billion worth of global trade each year.
The United Kingdom is the second largest car market in Europe, with around 2.31 million new car registrations in 2019.
Around 30 manufacturers build around 70 models in the United Kingdom and are backed by 2,500 parts makers and some of the world’s most experienced engineers.
864,300 people work in all areas of United Kingdom Auto, of which 180,300 are directly involved in manufacturing, earning 21% more than the United Kingdom average.
The United Kingdom produced over 1.3 million cars, 78,000 commercial vehicles and 2.5 million engines in 2019.
British carmakers trade globally, with 54.8% of their exports going to the European Union. Another 18.9% went to the US, 5.3% to China, 3.2% to Japan and 2.2% to Canada.
The United Kingdom is home to the world’s largest and most diverse specialist automotive manufacturing industry, producing some of the world’s best-known brands.
The United Kingdom is an innovation powerhouse with 20 automotive R&D centres, 6 design centres and 7 of the world’s 10 F1 teams…
…it is the leading global location for the mass market potential of connected and autonomous vehicles, a £62bn opportunity by 2030.
Investment drives Electric Vehicle demand, with more than 80 battery and plug-in hybrids on sale in 2020, accounting for one in six.
Since 1999, the industry has reduced CO2 emissions from new vehicles by -29.3%, annual carbon footprint reductions of 1.3 million tons, and landfill reductions of -97.4%.
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