It’s a new year and could 2022 be the year of the electric vehicle revolution? EV experts seem to think so! Last year, sales of all-electric vehicles skyrocketed while the sale of both petrol and diesel vehicles continued to plummet.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that in 2021 over 163,000 new electric vehicles were registered, which equates to 10.6% of the total market. Meanwhile in November 2021, all-electric vehicles had their best month ever with over 21,000 new EVs being registered.
It is expected that the number of new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold within the UK will double, compared to 2021’s figures. By the end of 2022, it’s predicted that BEVs could take a 15% share of the total new car market.
After looking at market trends, predictions of future demand, manufacturers’ production plans as well as global EV commitments, New AutoMotive estimates that over 300,000 new electric vehicles could be sold in the UK this year.
“We expect to see continued strong growth in the number of electric cars on the road in 2022,” said Ben Nelmes, Head of Policy and Research at New AutoMotive. “The number of electric cars on the road and the number sold will likely double next year. We believe therefore that there will be 300,000 new BEV vehicles sold in the UK, which would likely be about 15% of the market.”
Of course, the millions of vehicles with internal combustion engines driving on UK roads will outnumber EVs, but for how long?
Grants for electric vehicles!
Following the ever-increasing demand of electric vehicles across the globe, many car manufacturers have expanded their electric technology to produce attractive and affordable alternatives.
In line with the demand and efforts to challenge climate change, the UK Government has set a target to phase-out sales of petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Alongside this, the Government has pledged to introduce a zero-emission vehicle mandate from 2024 which will require vehicle manufacturers to produce and sell a certain percentage of zero-emission vehicles. This ratio is set to increase over time as the UK’s phase out of internal combustion engines draws closer.
Unfortunately, the UK Government has also faced ongoing criticism after opting to slash grants which support the purchase of an electric vehicle by more than half. In December 2021, the Department for Transport announced that the grant EV buyers can claim towards a plug-in vehicle had been cut to £1,500 from £3,500. However, the Government has argued that these cuts will be put elsewhere to support the move away from fossil fuel vehicles. We hope to see the UK encouraging the uptake of zero emission vehicles.
Electric vehicles available now!
If you’re ready to make the switch to greener, cleaner driving then you’re in the right place! Here at EV Sales, we specialise in the sale of second hand electric vehicles. We stock everything from Teslas, BMWs and electric vans.
At the moment, buying a brand new electric vehicle can seem quite difficult and out of reach. But we don’t think that should hinder someone’s passion to drive an eco-friendly vehicle! All of our second hand EVs have been well looked after by our sister company, EVision Electric Vehicles.
We also have some brilliant deals on brand new electric vehicles, including the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Renault Kangoo. All of our electric vehicles come with low mileage, a one month warranty and UK home delivery is available.
You can view our full range of electric vehicles here, or give us a call on 01634 914 063.
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All information correct as of 05/01/2022.