UK new car sales: registrations up 1% in 2021, but EV and van sales grow rapidly

UK new car sales: registrations up 1% in 2021, but EV and van sales grow rapidly

New automobile registrations grew by just one per cent in 2021 with a total amount of 1.65 million cars and trucks signed up compared to 1.63 million in 2020. That makes 2021 the second-worst year for auto sales given that 1992 as well as still around 25 per cent down on 2019. “It’s been a tough old year,” claimed Society of Electric motor Manufacturers as well as Traders president Mike Hawes.

However, while car dealership shut-downs due to Covid were a major reason for slow-moving sales in 2020, SMMT puts 2021’s drop almost totally down to the lack of semi-conductors impacting brand-new vehicle supply.

While total sales were down, need for electrified automobiles has shot up. 11.6 per cent of cars offered were battery electrical vehicles with a more 7 per cent plug-in hybrids as well as 8.9 percent complete (or self-charging) hybrids. “Even more battery electric lorries were sold in 2021 than in the previous 5 years combined,” said Hawes.

Petrol still composes without a doubt the greatest number of cars marketed with 58 percent of all automobiles signed up, with diesel still accounting for 14.2 per cent.

There was also much better news in the light commercial automobile market with 355,000 vans offered in 2021– up 21 percent on 2020 and only two percent down on 2019. Ford’s Transit was also the biggest-selling car on the whole in 2021.

When it pertains to vehicles, Vauxhall’s Corsa took top area from Ford’s Feast, which slid out of the leading 10 altogether. It’s the first time in 50 years that a Ford has not taken the number one placement in the brand-new automobile enrollments chart; Ford’s Puma made it right into the top 10 in 8th place.

Tesla’s Version 3 was the very successful electrical cars and truck as well as second-best vendor in general in 2021, with the British-built MINI in third area and also the MINI Electric taking 7th port in the EV graph.

The supply issues impacting the brand-new car market are anticipated to continue right into 2022 with SMMT currently estimating 1.96 million registrations for the year– still listed below what SMMT refers to as “the common run rate of 2.25/ 2.3 million.”

” It will certainly be a challenging first half of the year,” stated Hawes, “However it will relieve. Our advice to consumers is to obtain your order in and they’ll be fulfilled asap.”

Electric automobile sales are anticipated to continue to increase with SMMT anticipating another 47 new plug-in autos to be released throughout 2022. Nonetheless, Hawes discharged a warning shot at the government as well as billing industry claiming that the general public charging network is coming to be a huge obstacle to EV fostering. “The pace of the continued take-up of electrical lorries will be about supply, however likewise assuring customers that this is a technology they can live with,” he stated.

“That relates directly to the experience they have with billing; the schedule of charging throughout the nation, yet likewise in regards to the cost of charging and also dependability of the charging framework, which we understand isn’t as good below as it remains in some other nations.