The latest registration data from the SMMT, the UK car industry body, have been released. The UK electric car market (qMobility's launch market for its consumer offering in 2021) has enjoyed another bumper month in October, against a market that is down around a third year-to-date due to the coronavirus impact, concern around Brexit, and the consumer switch away from diesel.
Pure electric car registrations in the month of October were up 195% over last year, adding 9,335 cars to the UK electric fleet. Year to date the market has seen around 76k pure battery electric cars registered (an increase of 169% over 2019) and an additional 50k PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicles). This shift is significant with cars capable of running on electric-only motion accounting for 12% of the car registrations in October, a leap from the 4.5% in October 2019.
The SMMT has released an amended market forecast into 2021 and 2022. The industry body anticipates the market to recover significantly next year with over 2m vehicles registered. The electric share is forecast to continue it's rise accounting for over 12% of the market in 2021 and over 16% in 2022. The forecast can be downloaded here.