2022 electric car sales already higher than whole of 2020
The latest data from New AutoMotive’s Electric Car Count (ECC) shows that 2022 has already seen more electric cars bought than in the whole of 2020.
It also shows that in the first full month since the government scrapped the plug-in car grant on 14th June, electric car sales have dropped slightly – year-on-year total car registrations were down 8% in July 2022 compared with July 2021.
That said, the data shows how the EV market is continuing to grow, with the top 3 manufacturers for EV registrations all newcomers. In July 2022, Genesis took top spot with 68% of cars registered being EVs, DS came in at second place with EV registrations making up 36%, and Cupra saw 34%. Jaguar came in at fourth place with 32%.
The number of diesel cars registered have remained at historic lows, accounting for around 1 in 10 new cars bought, while sales of petrol cars have not recovered since before the pandemic.
Ben Nelmes, Co-Founder and Head of Policy, says: “In the first full month since the government axed the plug-in car grant, electric car sales have continued to grow, bucking broader market trends during a generally disappointing month for overall car sales.”
“However, the UK can and should be targeting higher electric cars sales to reduce motoring costs, wean ourselves off Russian diesel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a month that saw record-shattering temperatures, it’s disappointing that 60% of new cars bought are still fossil fuelled.”
”July’s soft growth in electric car sales is a warning light on the dashboard. The axing of the plug-in car grant was inevitable, but it has left a gaping hole in government policy on zero emission cars. The next government should move at pace to introduce a California-style ZEV mandate that boosts EV sales and reduces EV prices, and to improve access to the growing second hand EV market for car-dependent households.”