2020 was the best year ever for the electric vehicle (EV) market, with one vehicle registered every three minutes in the UK, but uptake is expected to double in 2021.
Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that UK demand for battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles grew by 140 per cent in 2020, with over 175,000 sold during the year. This equates to one EV registered in the UK every three minutes.
The growth came despite a suppressed market due to the COVID-19 crisis, where new car market fell by almost a third.
In total, battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for more than one in 10 vehicle registrations - a huge increase from around one in 30 just one year previously. Thanks to tax incentives brought in last year, around two thirds (68 per cent) of the new registrations were for company cars.
The growing appetite for EVs was seen throughout Europe, with over half a million battery electric cars sold across the continent during 2020.
The Tesla Model 3 was the UK’s best selling fully electric model, with the BMW 3 Series the best selling plug-in hybrid. More than 100 plug-in car models are now available on the UK, with a further 35 due to be introduced in 2021.
According to one estimate, from leasing firm Drive Electric, the number of pure battery electric vehicles registered in the UK this year is expected to surpass 200,000, nearly doubling 2020’s figure of 108,205.
‘Just the start’
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, a collaborative government and industry-led campaign to promote EVs, said: “The increase in uptake of EVs never ceases to impress me. While there were less than a handful of EVs to choose from in 2011, there are now more than 100 models available and for the first time ever, manufacturers are scheduled to bring more brand-new EVs to market than either petrol or diesel models.
“2020 really was just the start of the electric revolution, and we’re looking forward to helping even more consumers and businesses begin their EV journey.”
A recent survey of 2,000 EV drivers by Zap-Map, which helps EV drivers to locate charge points, found that 91 per cent would never go back to a petrol or diesel vehicle. The majority of survey respondents were first-time EV drivers.
Posted under General Interest, Carbon Reduction, Fuel Efficiency and Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 27 January 2021