New car sales grew in June and registrations of electrified vehicles including BEVs, PHEVs, and MHEVs (both diesel and petrol) all experienced significant growth.

New car sales grew 28.0% in June compared to the same month last year when most dealerships had reopened after the first lockdown and the market benefited from significant pent-up demand, the latest SMMT figures showed. In total, 909,973 new cars have been registered in 2021.

In June, Battery electric vehicles rose 122.9% and plug-in hybrids grew by 145.7%. Registrations of petrol and diesel vehicles declined by -1.7% and -34.7% respectively. Demand from private customers was up 21.8% from 2020’s levels.

SMMT figures showed combined battery electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) accounted for 17.2% of new vehicles hitting the road (31,981 units). BEVs accounted for more than one in 10 registrations (10.7%). PHEV uptake, however, continued to grow faster than BEV uptake for the third consecutive month following reductions to the Plug-in Car Grant in March.

Retailers are optimistic about trading over the summer albeit there will likely be a tightness in supply of new cars ahead as the shortage of semiconductors is hitting car production.