A Tesla Model 3 is photographed in London, England on May 16, 2019.
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LONDON – A record 190,727 new battery electric cars were registered in the UK last year, with Tesla’s Model 3 being the best-selling battery electric model, according to data released on Thursday.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the vehicle was the second most popular new car after the Vauxhall Corsa.
The Model 3 is a fully electric sedan. In the UK, Tesla has its cash price starting at £44,490 (about $60,202). Prices for the five-door, gasoline version of the Corsa start at £17,380, according to Vauxhall.
In a release on Thursday, SMMT described 2021 as “the most successful year in the history of accelerating electric vehicles.” It said more new battery electric vehicles were registered in 2021 than in the previous five years.
In the last 12 months, 114,554 new plug-in hybrid cars hit UK roads, while 147,246 hybrid electric cars were also registered. Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be filled with gas as usual and can also be plugged in for charging. Hybrid electric cars do not have the option of plug-in charging.
While the figures for electric vehicles look promising, the overall market remains challenging.
SMMT said new car registrations stood at a little less than 1.65 million in 2021, representing only 1% year-on-year growth. “The figures underscore the ongoing impact of COVID and the shortage of semiconductors on the industry,” it said.
Commenting on the figures, SMMT’s Chief Executive Officer, Mike Hayes, said it has been “another disappointing year for the car industry”, adding that Covid continued to “put a moment on any recovery”.
“Manufacturers continue to face myriad challenges, with tough business regimes, accelerating technology shifts and, above all, global semiconductor shortages that are crippling supply,” he said.
The growth in electric car growth was an “undeniable bright spot” before it went on to emphasize the importance of both infrastructure and cost.
“The recent cuts in incentives and home charge grants must be reversed,” he said, “and we need to promote public on-street charging with mandated goals, to every driver, wherever they live.” , with the assurance that they can charge. Where they want and when they want.”
The UK wants to stop the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2030. This would require zero tailpipe emissions in all new cars and vans from 2035.
The work is enormous and the area is still dominated by vehicles that run on fossil fuels. The market share of gasoline cars in the new registration was 46.3% in 2021, while the market share of diesel cars was 8.2%.
Augmenting charging infrastructure will be key in the coming years when it comes to allaying concerns about range anxiety – or fears that EVs are unable to make long journeys without losing power and getting stranded.
While infrastructure is important, the range of electric vehicles has started to grow as well. Tesla says its Model S Plaid has an estimated range of 396 miles, while Lucid says its Air Dream Edition R has a range of 520 miles.
On Monday, Daimler released details of a concept electric vehicle it said was said to have a range of more than 1,000 kilometers (about 621 miles) on a single charge. The German automotive giant said the range figures were “based on preliminary and digital simulations in real-life traffic conditions.”