Batteries Now Included

Tue 3rd May 2022

The impressive surge in popularity of electric vehicles continues with latest analysis from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showing that one in five cars sold in the UK is now an BEV.

The industry is currently seeing a perfect storm of conditions for the rise in sales, with more consumer choice, sky-high petrol prices and the supply-chain issues ensuring that manufacturers are prioritsing the production of EVs which come with a higher mark-up.

SMMT data tells us that there are now 140 EVs on sale in the UK, compared to just nine options a little over ten years ago, and the number of electric models available could be close to 200 by the end of the year.

“The ever-increasing number of electric-vehicle models launched by manufacturers since 2011 shows just how far Britain has come, with industry investment stimulating innovation at an ever-faster rate,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive.

“With almost 200 electrified models expected to be available by the end of the year, manufacturers are turning ambitions for zero and ultra-low-emissions mobility into a reality, while motorists’ demand for these vehicles increases month by month."

The SMMT warns that both the industry and government face some very clear hurdles over the next few months and years as decisions taken in boardrooms and Whitehall have the nation speeding towards increasing bottlenecks.

Despite an increase in EV production, the continued supply-chain problems are impacting the entire industry, and supply is failing to meet demand. There is the same problem in terms of the charging network, where a lack of available chargers in some areas of the UK has seen range anxiety now replaced by charging anxiety.

“To turn this nascent demand into a mass market, however, motorists need choice, affordability and the confidence to charge. The UK has an ambitious timescale to deliver net-zero, and road transport must shoulder the biggest burden delivering that goal,” Hawes said. 

“The industry is up for the challenge, but we need all stakeholders, including government, charge-point providers and energy companies, to match manufacturers’ commitment by providing the competitive incentives and infrastructure that assures a zero-emissions future.”