UK demand for electric vehicles increased in August,
UK demand for electric vehicles increased in August,

UK demand for battery electric (BEV), hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles increased 32.2%, 45.7% and 72.1% respectively in August, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The society says that demand for PHEVs has outpaced BEVs in five of the last six months. There are now around 130 plug-in models on the market.

However, 2021 UK new car registrations fell 22% in August, with 68,033 units registered. This is down 7.6% against the average recorded over the last decade, due in part to a global shortage of semiconductors, the SMMT said.

‘While August is normally one of the quietest months for UK new car registrations these figures are still disappointing, albeit not wholly surprising,’ said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

This story uses material from the SMMT, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.