Hybrids and EVs claim a 27 percent market share of November 2021 sales.

Electric vehicle boom fuels rise in UK new car sales » The Guardian »

Almost 22,000 pure electric vehicles were registered in November, more than double the 10,345 registered in the same month last year, as the share of total sales accounted for by battery-powered electric vehicles climbed to 19%.

The Tesla Model 3 was the third bestselling car, with 3,077 sold, and is the bestselling pure electric vehicle in the UK, according to the figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The boom in electric car sales helped overall sales of new cars to reach 115,706 in November, a 1.7% rise on the same month last year. While the increase is a welcome boost for the car industry, sales are still close to a third down on pre-pandemic levels.

“After four miserable months that the motor industry would rather forget, the tide is finally turning for new car sales,” said James Fairclough, the chief executive of AA Cars. “But the patch supply of new vehicles continues to peg back the number of sales dealers can make. Stock levels of some vehicles are so low that some dealers are even struggling to offer test drives.”

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The last four months have seen new car registrations fall as the global ‘Chip’ shortage constrains production, but November saw a small glimmer of light with registrations nudging up (by 1.7 per cent) to 115,706, although down more than 30 per cent on a pre-pandemic five-year average.

Recent trends continue in market share, with diesel-engined cars accounting for just 5.1 per cent (although 9.6 per cent if you include MHEV diesels), petrol accounting for 54 per cent (including MHEV), BEVs 18.8 per cent, PHEVs 9.3 per cent and Hybrids 8.3 per cent.

You could take the continued increase in cars with a plug as a sure sign of the appetite for EVs – as it perhaps is – although that needs to be tempered by the fact that businesses are buying twice as many as private individuals (for the tax breaks) and car makers are prioritising production of BEVs and PHEVs – as well as high ticket, high profit cars – as they decide where best to use the ‘Chips’ they do have.

New car registrations grew only 1.7% in November 2021 while demand for EVs continues to sore

Battery EV uptake doubles, but new car market remains well adrift of pre-pandemic levels » SMMT

  • 115,706 new cars registered in November, an increase of 1.7% on lockdown-hit November 2020 and -31.3% below the pre-pandemic five-year average as semiconductor shortages constrain supply.
  • Plug-in cars represented 28.1% of market in November, with 21,726 battery electric vehicle registrations and 10,796 plug-in hybrids.
  • SMMT calls for commensurate targets for charging infrastructure rollout, with just one on-street public charger currently installed for every 52 new plug-in cars registered in 2021.

Plug-in vehicle demand continued to grow, however, with battery electric vehicles (BEVs) equating to 18.8% of the market, with 21,726 units – more than double compared with November 2020 – while plug-in hybrid vehicles’ (PHEVs) share grew to 9.3% or 10,796 units.

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