Number of battery electric cars on the UK's road passes the 500,000 mark - RAC reaction

posted on 07/07/2022

Reacting to the fact that there are now more than 500,000 zero-emission battery electric cars on the UK's roads, RAC EV spokesperson Simon Williams said:

"While the global chip shortage is still hampering overall demand for new vehicles, June's figures mean that the total number of battery electric cars on the roads has surpassed the half-a-million milestone – a ray of light in what is otherwise a gloomy set of new vehicle registration figures.

"Moreover, sales of all plug-in vehicles including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) now account for one-in-five registrations which clearly shows that desire for electrified vehicles shows no signs of waning, with the record petrol and diesel prices no doubt having an effect. However, sales of PHEVs appear to be down on 2021, which could be a sign that drivers are biting the bullet and jumping straight into an all-electric vehicle rather than using PHEVs as a stepping stone."

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