March was additionally a month when EVs represented 16.1% of latest automobile registrations – a rise of 78.7% in comparison with the identical month final yr – in line with figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT). This equates to 39,315 new BEVs – the best quantity of BEV registrations ever recorded in a single month, and which means extra BEVs had been registered in March 2022 than throughout all of 2019.
Plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) registrations declined by 7.5% to 16,037 items, however hybrids (HEVs) grew 28.4% to 27,737 items. Because of this, ‘electrified’ autos comprised greater than a 3rd (34.1%) of all new automobile registrations. Solely 25,305 new diesel or gentle hybrid diesel vehicles had been registered in March.
Total, UK new automobile registrations fell by 14.3% to 243,479 items in March – the weakest March since 1998. There’s numerous demand for brand spanking new vehicles, however provide has been constrained by the worldwide semiconductor scarcity, and now the disaster in Ukraine can also be having an affect on automobile manufacturing.
Whereas personal registrations grew by 8.2% within the month, March 2021 had seen showrooms closed as a consequence of social distancing rules. Giant fleet registrations, in the meantime, declined by 34.4%, however enterprise registrations grew by 20.0% as producers prioritised personal client and smaller enterprise orders.
Aside from Tesla, there have been different winners from the most recent SMMT figures. Kia is the primary best-selling automobile model within the UK year-to-date, with EVs representing 18% of all Kia vehicles offered this quarter.
The Vauxhall Vivaro-e stays the UK’s best-selling new electrical Mild Business Automobile (e-LCV) up to now in 2022, though Peugeot claims it’s the market chief in Q1 2022 for all electrical van gross sales.