Plug-in car sales barely increased in April 2022


In April, new passenger car registrations in the UK were down 15.8% year-on-year to 119,167, dragging the year-to-date result down 5.4% to 536,727.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), many challenges are now affecting the automotive industry, including global supply chain shortages, of which semiconductors are the most notable. For this reason, the SMMT has revised down its outlook for 2022.

Even sales of plug-in electric cars are not growing as they have accustomed us to in the past.

According to official data, registrations of plug-in electric passenger cars last month stood at 19,348who is fair 3 others than a year ago. The market share was 16.2%.

With 13,951 non-rechargeable hybrids (+18.3% and 11.7% share), xEVs (BEV, PHEV, HEV) represent 27.9% of the market.

If we check the details, it turns out that the main reason for the lower plug-in growth is plug-in hybrids, which saw a 33% year-over-year decline. Sales of all-electric cars are actually growing relatively rapidly – by 41% year-over-year, helping BEVs take 10.8% of the market (up from 6.5% a year ago) .

  • BEV: 12,899 (up 41% year-on-year) for a market share of 10.8%
  • ORV: 6,449 (down 33% year-on-year) for a market share of 5.4%
  • Total: 19,348 (up 3% year-on-year) for a market share of 16.2%

So far this year, over 113,000 new plug-in passenger cars have been registered in the UK, achieving an average market share of over 21%.

New registrations of plug-in cars, since the beginning of the year in 2022:

  • BEV: 77,064 (up 88% year-on-year) – market share of 14.4%
  • ORV: 36,210 (no change)- market share of 6.7%
  • Total: 113,274 (up 47% year-on-year) – market share of 21.1%

According to the SMMT, some 289,000 BEVs and 144,000 PHEVs are expected to be sold in 2022 (compared to 307,000 and 163,000, respectively, previously forecast). That would be a total of nearly 600,000, up from over 305,000 in 2021.


More details also including other types:


This time there is no data on plug-in models and it seems none of the self-driving plug-in cars were able to break into the top 10, like in March when two EVs were in the lead.


In terms of light commercial vehicles (LCVs), some 21,597 were registered last month (down 29% year-on-year). Out of that, about 919 were 100% electric (+53%), resulting in a market share of 4.3%.



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