UK new automotive registrations rose by 15.0% in February as 58,994 new automobiles joined Britain’s roads, in response to the most recent figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT)
UK new automotive registrations rose by 15.0% in February as 58,994 new automobiles joined Britain’s roads, in response to the most recent figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT). The rise of seven,682 items was as compared with the identical month in 2021, when the pandemic shut automotive showrooms throughout the UK. Regardless of this constructive efficiency, registrations are down -25.9% on pre-pandemic ranges, as automobile provide stays constrained by semiconductor shortages.1
In contrast with February 2021, when showrooms had been closed and solely ‘click on and acquire’ permitted, personal registrations rose by 30.0%. Massive fleet registrations remained steady, up simply 2.0%, indicating that in a supply-constrained market, producers are additionally prioritising personal prospects, which accounted for greater than 80% of development. Whereas enterprise purchases grew by 110.7%, this equates to an increase of simply 693 items.
It was one other bumper month for battery electrical automobiles (BEVs), nonetheless, which took a 17.7% market share to achieve 10,417 items, whereas registrations of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) rose to 4,677 items and a 7.9% share of the market. When mixed with hybrid (HEV) registrations (6,883), electrified automobiles accounted for greater than a 3rd of all new automobiles leaving dealerships. Whereas this demonstrates the rising demand for electrical automobiles, February is often the bottom quantity month, as many consumers delay purchases till the ‘new plate’ month of March, and fluctuations in provide for some key fashions can have a extra pronounced impact by way of market share.
Of higher concern to the long run supply of web zero street transport, nonetheless, is the necessity for accelerated public chargepoint provision. Investments are being made, however at a tempo that continues to lag behind plug-in automobile uptake. Final month, the business printed its seven-point plan to extend the variety of public on-street chargers forward of want.2
In the meantime, April will see the efficient finish of the Electrical Automobile Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which has supplied important funding for householders to put in their very own chargepoint. Forward of the federal government’s Spring Assertion, SMMT is looking for an extension to each the EVHS and its enterprise counterpart, the Office Charging Scheme, past 2025 to make sure EV uptake stays on observe to fulfill Authorities’s web zero deadlines. It additionally recommends that VAT on electrical energy used for public charging factors be lower to match that for residence use, in order that EV drivers are handled equally no matter the place they cost their automobile.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Govt, stated,
Regardless of February’s conventional low registration numbers, customers are switching to EVs in ever-increasing numbers. Greater than ever, infrastructure funding must speed up
to match this development. Authorities should use its upcoming Spring Assertion to allow this transition, persevering with assist for residence and office charging, boosting public chargepoint rollout to sort out charging anxiousness and, given the huge improve in vitality costs, lowering VAT on public charging factors. This can energise each client and enterprise confidence and speed up our swap to zero emission mobility.
1. February 2020 registrations: 79,594