EV sales doubled in a ‘bedeviled’ car market last month

Nearly 21,726 EVs were sold in November compared to 11,118 diesel cars

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Electric vehicle (EV) sales continued to grow last month as the market saw twice as many EVs sold last year.

That’s according to the new report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which suggests 21,726 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in November.

That compares to 5,939 diesel and 5,179 MHEV diesel cars bought last month.

The SMMT said year-to-date, more than 1,538,000 new cars have been registered – of which 17.5% have been BEVs or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), meaning one-in-six new cars is capable of being plugged in.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, spoke about the underlying weakness of the market.

Mr Hawes said: “Demand is there, with a slew of new, increasingly electrified, models launched but the global shortage of semiconductors continues to bedevil production and therefore new car registrations.

“The continued acceleration of EV registrations is good for the industry, the consumer and the environment but with the pace of public charging infrastructure struggling to keep up, we need swift action and binding public charger targets so that everyone can be part of the EV revolution, irrespective of where they live.”

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