UK EVs smash new record

Last month, battery electric vehicles took their largest monthly share of the new car market in 2022, according to a report

November saw another strong month for the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) uptake figures.

The latest report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) suggests newly registered battery electric vehicles (BEVs) increased by 35.2%, representing more than one-in-five new vehicles registered in November.

This is the largest monthly share of BEVs this year, the SMMT has confirmed.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “Recovery for Britain’s new car market is back within our grasp, energised by electrified vehicles and the sector’s resilience in the face of supply and economic challenges.

“As the sector looks to ensure that growth is sustainable for the long term, urgent measures are required – not least a fair approach to driving EV adoption that recognises these vehicles remain more expensive and measures to compel investment in a charging network that is built ahead of need.

“By doing so we can encourage consumer appetite across the country and accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero.”

Kim Royds, EV Director at British Gas, said: “Despite ongoing supply chain challenges, the accelerated growth of electric vehicles continues to dominate the new car market – reaffirming the appetite among drivers to transition away from traditional petrol or diesel vehicles.

“However, there is still a great deal of work to be done to futureproof the UK’s charging network to meet the increased demand and ensure all motorists have access to reliable and convenient charge points.”

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