In 2021, Tesla’s all-electric Model 3 sedan undoubtedly led the UK to what the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) called ‘the most successful year in history for the adoption of electric vehicles â. The sedan, which was the Austin, Texas-based company’s first mainstream car, was the best-selling electric vehicle in the highly competitive market, but more impressively, it was the second-best-selling vehicle overall, just behind the Vauxhall Corsa, which has been built since 1982.
New data from the UK’s SMMT shows the Model 3 was the top-selling new car in December 2021, with 9,612 units delivered to customers. It was much more than a MINI, the second bestseller for the last month of the year with 4,625 cars delivered. For the year, the Model 3 finished second with 34,783 units. Only the Vauxhall Corsa sold more for 2021, with 40,914 cars.
The UK auto market as a whole fell more than 28.5% in 2021, with the SMMT attributing the COVID-19 pandemic and semiconductor shortages to declining consumerism in the sector. However, the good news seems to indicate that electric vehicles are increasingly becoming a more common form of passenger transportation for consumers. SMMT said 2021 was the most successful in the electric vehicle industry to date due to adoption rates alone:
âThere has been good news, however, with 2021 the most successful year in history for electric vehicle adoption as more new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) have been registered than in previous years. previous five years combined.3 190,727 new BEVs have made their way to UK roads, along with 114,554 Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs), meaning that 18.5% of all new cars registered in 2021 can be plugged in. This comes on top of the 147,246 Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) registered which took an additional 8.9% market share in a record year for electrified car registrations, with 27.5% of the total market now. electrified in one form or another.
Although the above statistics include hybrid vehicles, over 190,000 new BEVs were put into circulation in the UK last year, which is encouraging. As automakers spend more time and capital on their electrification projects, there is evidence that consumers are starting to move in this direction when choosing new vehicles. In 2020, BEVs represented only 108,205 total sales. This represents a 76.3% increase in BEV purchases by consumers. The 2021 figures of 190,727 units were enough to increase the overall market share by 5%, bringing the overall total to 11.6% for the UK market.
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