In November, all electrified vehicles including BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs, and MHEVs (both petrol and diesel) – experienced registration growths.

Overall, new car sales experienced a 1.7% increase in November compared to the same month last year, the latest SMMT Figures showed. In total, 1,538,585 new cars have been registered in 2021.

In November, Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) rose by a staggering 110% and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) grew by 39.7%. Registrations of diesel vehicles declined -62.7% and petrol declined -10.4%. Hybrid electric vehicles experienced 35.4% increase compared to last year.

SMMT figures showed combined battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles accounted for 28.1% of new vehicles hitting the road (32,522) units. BEVs accounted for 18.8% and PHEVs 9.3% respectively.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive, said “As expected, despite the marginal increase on last year, the November new car market is below pre-pandemic levels as supply issues constrain new car registrations; however the strong increase in sales to private buyers shows consumers are confident.

“It is encouraging to see that the market share of plug-in vehicles continues to grow. Motorists’ appetite for EVs is rising and retailers’ investments, expertise and enthusiasm continue to facilitate the transition to zero emissions.

“Demand from consumers remains robust, franchised dealers have been enhancing their digital presence in order to serve their customers with equal success and efficiency via their physical premises as well as their online offering.”