SMMT: UK reaches million EV milestone as new automotive market grows

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Britain’s millionth battery electrical automotive (BEV) reached the street in January 2024, whereas the brand new automotive market grew 8.2% for the month, in response to the newest figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT)

Britain’s millionth battery electrical automotive (BEV) reached the street in January 2024, whereas the brand new automotive market grew 8.2% for the month, in response to the newest figures from the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT).

The primary month of the 12 months noticed 142,876 new automobiles registered, an uplift of 10,882 models on January 2023, the very best efficiency for the month since 2020 and the 18th consecutive month of progress. The rise was pushed totally by the fleet market, which rose by 29.9%, whereas non-public retail uptake fell -15.8%. Fleets accounted for greater than six in 10 (63.2%) new automobiles registered, up from simply over half (52.7%) final 12 months.

The market additionally – narrowly – reached its anticipated milestone of 1,000,000 BEV registrations since information started. Some 20,935 BEVs had been registered in January, an increase of 21.0% 12 months on 12 months, taking the general whole since 2002 to 1,001,677 – testomony to the dedication of producers to ship ever-increasing numbers of zero emission fashions.1 BEV market share for January additionally grew 12 months on 12 months to 14.7%, though that is beneath the complete 2023 efficiency of 16.5%. Plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) recorded quantity progress of 31.1% to take 8.4% of the market, whereas hybrid (HEV) volumes fell -1.2% with a 13.1% share.

Volatility in BEV provide has been anticipated and is prone to proceed as producers modify product allocation following the last-minute decision over UK-EU guidelines of origin, which had threatened to use tariffs to EVs, limiting affordability. Nevertheless, whereas fleet and enterprise demand for BEVs grew by 41.7% in January, registrations by non-public consumers fell by -25.1% – an ongoing pattern that may undermine Britain’s capacity to ship web zero.2

The UK is now the one main market to mix a 2035 finish of sale date with a mandated zero emission car market share, however with none vital client incentives. But it’s more and more clear that personal consumers want extra help to modify. Forward of subsequent month’s Funds, business is looking for presidency to help customers by quickly halving VAT on new BEV purchases. Such a step would value the Treasury a mean of simply £1,125 per automotive, which is lower than the price of the earlier Plug-in Automobile Grant and would put greater than 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 electrical – reasonably than petrol or diesel – automobiles on the street by the tip of 2026, on high of these already anticipated. Not solely would this reduce CO2 by greater than 5 million tonnes throughout that point3, it might imply that the subsequent million EVs might be delivered in simply two years.

Briefly lowering VAT on EVs would partly mirror the tax exemption already supplied to customers on different carbon discount applied sciences akin to warmth pumps. Supporting the EV client at the moment would additionally guarantee wider advantages akin to growing the availability of used EVs, enlarging the general market to make it extra engaging for charging and manufacturing funding, and slashing Britain’s carbon footprint.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Govt, stated,

It’s taken simply over 20 years to achieve our million EV milestone – however with the best insurance policies, we will double down on that success in simply one other two. Market progress is at present depending on companies and fleets. Authorities should subsequently use the upcoming Funds to help non-public EV consumers, quickly halving VAT to chop carbon, drive financial progress and assist everybody make the change. Producers have been requested to produce the autos, we now ask authorities to assist customers purchase the autos on which web zero relies upon.

The newest 2024 outlook for the brand new automotive market estimates a complete total quantity of 1.974 million models, which is a 4,000 unit improve on the October estimate, however with the BEV forecast diminished to a market share of 21.0% over the 12 months, in contrast with the 22.3% anticipated in October and the 23.3% anticipated a 12 months in the past. Whereas myriad elements akin to excessive vitality costs, inflation and rates of interest, charging nervousness and blended messaging from authorities have restricted demand, 100,000 extra BEVs will nonetheless attain the street in 2024 in contrast with final 12 months, totalling some 414,000 models – a couple of in 5 new automobiles. This quantity would improve even additional if a VAT discount on EVs was launched.


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