The EVs have caused a general slowdown in the new car market, with more cars sold in the UK by 2021 compared to the previous five years.
The record-breaking 190,727 EVs registered year-round, representing a 76% increase in 2020 and a stark contrast to the overall 1% new car registration growth.
Industry observers warn that while EV’s continued growth is unlikely to be positive during the difficult year, further investment in infrastructure and incentives is needed.
According to the Association of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), pure electric cars account for less than 12 percent of all new cars, with a combined 16 percent increase in sales.
However, petrol cars accounted for half of the 1.6 million new car registrations last year, albeit 16 percent. Naphtali registrations continue to struggle, down by 48% compared to the already weakened 2020 figures.
Wounded by Kovid Despite the modest growth in 2020, the market is still down 30% due to global supply shortages and changes in trade agreements.
Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT, warned that EVA subscriptions are a “bright spot” during the “exciting year” but that the industry and consumers still need support.
“The biggest obstacle to our common zero ambition is not cost supply but cost and infrastructure. Recent incentives and housing subsidies must be reversed and we need to increase public outreach to planned roadblocks.
Jim Holder, what car? Editing director, said he expects the growth of EVs to continue in 2022. They are changing rapidly. Our own study shows that electric car buyers have a bigger share than those who buy a new petrol or diesel model.
“But as long as this is good news. The lack of a semiconductor lasts for more than a year for many models and is a big problem for almost all manufacturers. With the rise of new customs controls, inflation and CVD issues related to Brexit, it is set to continue to test the sector by early 2022. The government should consider the automotive industry when planning additional economic stimulus packages.
Ian Plummer, director of auto trading, acknowledged the oil crisis and the growing demand for options, but warned that the government could not take further demand lightly. He added: “EV charging infrastructure needs to be upgraded urgently to make wholesale adoption attractive, convenient and affordable. If the government continues to promote unpreparedness, it will undermine the credibility of drivers.
And Meryem Brassington, a Lex Auto EV specialist, said financial incentives such as plug-in car assistance should be avoided. We have seen it happen and any future tax or gift changes should be gradual and proportional to the cost of some ICE and EV models.
“Furthermore, without fiscal support to encourage second-hand purchases, growth could be halted and the overall appearance of the UK Electric Park could be affected.”