Over 20% of new cars sold in November were EV

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Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) saw their highest month for registrations across 2022 in November with 29,372 new registrants, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) stated.

This has followed trends in the BEV market across 2022 with increasing purchases of EVs ahead for the internal combustion engine (ICE) sale ban coming into effect in 2030. The 29,372 figure is also a rise on last month’s figure which stood at 19,933, and accounted for one in five new cars registered in the UK in November.

BEVs have seen rapid increase in recent years thanks to to impending targets to decarbonise British transportation. However, this rising figure in the sales of BEVs in November coincides with data released by Zap-Map on Monday which indicated that connected EV chargers reached 36,752 across the UK.

Providing sufficient EV charging capabilities is vital to prevent “range anxiety” associated with the transition to EVs. Solving this issue with public chargers across the country could prove crucial in the decarbonisation of the UK’s transportation sector.

“Recovery for Britain’s new car market is back within our grasp, energised by electrified vehicles and the sector’s resilience in the face of supply and economic challenges,” said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

“As the sector looks to ensure that growth is sustainable for the long term, urgent measures are required – not least a fair approach to driving EV adoption that recognises these vehicles remain more expensive, and measures to compel investment in a charging network that is built ahead of need. By doing so we can encourage consumer appetite across the country and accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero.”

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