Thanks to on-going disruption to global supply chains, car manufacturers were hit hard in 2021. However, it appears that electric car sales were a bright spot in what was a tough year for the car market.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have just announced their 2021 snapshot which reports over 190,000 battery electric cars being sold across the UK. Overall, pure electric cars accounted for 11.6% of total car sales in 2021.
In the latter half of 2021, the number of electric cars being sold drastically increased. In November alone, one in five new cars registered were fully electric – a total of 19% of the market. Meanwhile, sales skyrocketed in December with electric car sales taking up a huge 26% of total sales. A new record for electric sales, and amid a pandemic!
This reflects an ever-growing demand for greener transport. Electric car sales across 2021 massively increased from roughly 108,000 in 2020. In 2020, fully electric cars accounted for just 6.6% of new car sales.
While electric cars sales went through the roof, the same could not be said for conventional petrol and diesel cars. Both saw a continuous drop in sales, which could be due to the UK’s looming ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.
Huge issues in global supply chains and shortages of crucial semiconductor chips cause major issues for manufacturers. Overall, UK car sales for the year increased by a minimal 1% from 2020.
Chief Executive of the SMMT, Mike Hawes, said that the demand for new cars is still strong. However, the lack of microchips is an on-going issue that will likely impact 2022 as well. These microchips are used in windscreen wipers and infotainment systems.
Best selling electric cars of 2021!
Some manufacturers have managed to cope with supply chain disruption better than others, one of which was Tesla. The Tesla Model 3 is the first electric car ever to rank within the top 10 of overall car sales – not just within electric car sales.
The Model 3 was narrowly beaten to the UK top spot by the popular Vauxhall Corsa. We wonder if Vauxhall’s Corsa-e will become as popular as it’s petrol alternative in 2022. Although we’re keen to see how the Tesla Model Y performs this year. We actually have a few joining our EVision fleet that we can review!
If you want to see what the fuss is about, why not test out some of the best-selling electric cars?! Here at EVision Electric Vehicles, we have over 1,000 all-electric vehicles for you to choose from. We also specialise in both short and long term rental periods which makes hiring an electric car from us completely hassle free.
When you hire any electric vehicle from EVision, you’ll benefit from free breakdown cover, maintenance, servicing and tyre wear. We also throw in free charging cables, plus a free charge point when you hire an electric vehicle for 12 months or more.
Choose from a range of SUVs, family people-carriers, city cars and electric vans today! Just click here to see all EVision has to offer.
New vehicles soon!
We’re constantly adding new vehicles to our all-electric fleet and we have some great ones coming in 2022. Of course, we’ve already spoken about the Tesla Model Y but we have plenty more choice to offer this year.
First of all, we’re due to have the new Hyundai Ioniq 5 arrive very soon! The Ioniq 5 is set to be a sister-car to Kia’s sporty EV6, but it will have a more relaxed, family focused feel to it. Those looking for a family car that they know might be interested in the upcoming Kia Soul EV which is likely to remain similar to it’s conventional alternative.
The Soul EV will be fitted with a 64kWh battery which can travel up to 280 miles on a single charge, beating Kia’s successful e-Niro. We imagine this will be an extremely popular choice for those who like it’s funky looks.
Talking of popular cars, Audi’s e-tron has been a roaring success since it first launched. This year we’re excited to see how the Audi e-tron Q4 performs! The Q4 offers drivers with a bully SUV that is full of class. We cannot wait to add it to our fleet!
Last but not least is the Ford Mustang Mach-E which is probably one of the most anticipated EVs of the year. With styling cues from Ford’s famous V8-engine muscle car and a huge range of up to 379 miles, there’s no wonder everyone’s excited! We cannot wait to get behind the wheel of this EV.
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* All information correct as of 06/01/2022.