Latest UK electric car sales data shows one in ten new cars registered in April were fully electric.
This data is from New AutoMotive’s Electric Car Count (ECC) – the most up-to-date and comprehensive electric car sales data in the UK.
British brand Jaguar is the quickest by far to electrify, with 47% of cars sold in April being fully electric. Petrol market share continues to fall, dropping from 58% to 54%.
Ben Nelmes, Co-Founder and Head of Policy, said, “EV registrations continued to grow in April, with one in ten new cars fully electric. This is further evidence that UK motorists are increasingly interested in buying electric cars, fuelled by rising petrol and diesel prices.
“While this steady growth is welcome, the UK needs to go faster. Ministers needs an ambitious California-style ZEV mandate that benefits motorists by helping more people to make the switch to an electric car. April saw 10,300 new diesel cars purchased. The UK is still heavily dependent on Russia for its diesel, which is mainly used by a small number of drivers who do a lot of miles. These same drivers are hit hardest by rising fuel prices.
“Ministers should use every tool in the box to support those who are most dependent on their cars and drive the most miles to be first in line to get an electric car – that is how we’ll end our reliance on Russian diesel, help those hit hardest by rising fuel prices and meet our net zero targets.”
The race for EV market share
Tesla made no deliveries this month, meaning they do not appear in this table. Hyundai dominated the EV market in April, with 1206 new electric cars registered, up from 559 in April 2021. Electric Minis accounted for 6% of the market, which is notable because they have more than doubled deliveries since April 2021 when they registered 340 new electric cars.
Brands quickest to electrify
Fiat make an unexpected appearance in our league table of manufacturers sorted by those who sell the most electric cars as a percentage of their total sales – 1 in five Fiats sold in April was fully electric. Usually Fiat do not make it into this list.
Based on a three-month rolling average, the following areas are EV hotspots this month, with EVs taking the following shares of new car sales: Peterborough (inc. Cambridgeshire) – 40%, Maidstone (covering all of Kent) – 38%, Oxfordshire – 32%, Bristol – 22%, Birmingham – 22%.