The recent Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures are in for 2022, and electric vehicle registrations in the UK reached a record high! With a total of over 42,284 units sold in the last 12 months, EVs were Britain’s second most popular powertrain for the year beating diesel equivalents. This marks a significant increase from the previous year, which saw 27,705 EVs registered. A monumental 52.6% increase in only a year!
One key factor driving this growth is the increasing range of EV models now available on the market. In 2022, there were over 50 different EV models available to consumers, compared to just a handful a few years ago. This wider range of choice means that there is an EV to suit every budget and lifestyle, making it easier for drivers to make the switch to electric.
Another factor contributing to the rise in EV sales is the improvement in charging infrastructure. In recent years, there has been a concerted effort by the government and private companies to install more EV chargers across the country. This includes the installation of rapid chargers, which can fully charge an EV in a matter of hours, as well as the mandatory rollout of home chargers on new homes with parking facilities.
The increase in EV sales is also being driven by a shift in consumer attitudes towards electric vehicles. More and more people are becoming aware of the environmental benefits of EVs, with many drivers making the switch in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition, the continuation of some government incentives and lower road tax for electric vehicles, has made it more financially attractive for drivers to make the switch.
Tesla’s Model Y featured within the top 3 of the year’s best-selling vehicles, surpassing firm UK favourite’s such Mini, the Kia Sportage and Volkswagen Golf. SMMT also revealed data on the top selling EV’s, Tesla taking place 1 and 2, and the Kia e-Niro in at third. The likes of the Volkswagen ID. 3 and Nissan LEAF, Mini and Polestar 2 also feature on the top 10 list.
Overall, the 2022 SMMT figures are a clear indication that electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular choice for UK drivers. With a wider range of models available and a growing charging infrastructure, it is likely that the trend towards EVs will continue in the coming years.
As a leading provider of EV chargers, we at EVIOS are excited to be at the forefront of this shift towards electric transportation. We are committed to providing our customers with reliable, convenient, and smart charging solutions, and we look forward to continuing to support the growth of the EV market in the UK!