Landmark figure for UK electric vehicles

25 June 2021

May 2021 proved a landmark month for the UK’s battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) which reached over a quarter of a million on the road, for the first time.

It signalled further proof of the tremendous progress that the EV market has made in recent times – and suggests that the Government’s push to reduce carbon emissions on the UK’s roads is having an effect. 

Electric vehicle sales data


A report from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showing the number of new car registrations in May 2021, highlighted the rise in sales of electric vehicles.

According to the SMMT, the overall volume of BEVs, when factoring in May 2021 data, reached 260,000.

Data for 2021, revealed that plug-in vehicles rose to 13.8% of all new car registrations, up from 7.2% a year earlier, with the most rapid growth seen in plug-in hybrid (PHEV) derivatives.

The Government has announced its intention to ban sales of new diesel and petrol vehicles from 2030 and the pure diesel market is already seeing the effects in 2021. It’s overall share of new registrations up to May 2021, was 18% - in 2020 this figure stood at 64.6% 

Comparing 2021 sales of new BEVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) from January to May, to the same period of 2020, shows a growth of 173%.

In fact, the cumulative total of plug-in vehicles on UK roads from the end of May 2021, had reached over 535,000 (approximately 260,000 BEVs and 280,000 PHEVs).

In a world ravaged by Covid 19 and its restrictions and impact on economies, EV sales are a positive story.

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