December 2020 marked a historic milestone in the UK’s transition to electric vehicles: for the first time, more than 40% of all new car registrations were for pure electric cars. This growth has been driven by consumer demand for more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, as well as government incentives such as grants and tax exemptions. The overall bestseller in December was Tesla’s Model Y, becoming the first EV to top the sales charts since records began in 1997. But what other models are proving popular with consumers and how is this trend set to shape the car industry going forward? In this article, we take a closer look at the figures and explore the implications of this shift to electric vehicles.
The UK’s electric vehicle (EV) share hits 40% in December
In December 2020, the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) share hit 40%, with the Tesla Model Y being the bestseller. This is a huge increase from 2019, when EVs only made up 2.6% of new car sales.
There are many reasons for this surge in popularity. Firstly, growing concern over climate change has led to a greater focus on sustainable transport options. Secondly, advances in battery technology have made EVs much more affordable and reliable than they were in the past. And finally, government incentives – such as the Plug-in Car Grant – have made EVs an attractive proposition for both individuals and businesses.
Looking ahead, it is clear that EVs are going to play an increasingly important role in our transport landscape. With continued improvements in technology and infrastructure, we can expect to see even more people making the switch to electric in the years to come.
Tesla’s Model Y is the overall bestseller
In December, the UK’s share of electric vehicle (EV) sales reached a new high of 5.2 percent. This is up from just 1.6 percent in December 2019, and is thanks to a big increase in demand for EVs overall.
Tesla’s Model Y was the best-selling EV in the UK last month, with 1,330 units sold. This is an impressive feat considering the car only went on sale in October 2020. The Model Y was followed by the Tesla Model 3 (1,254 units sold) and the Jaguar I-Pace (1,022 units sold).
Interestingly, traditional petrol and diesel cars still make up the majority of new car sales in the UK. However, this is slowly changing as more and more people switch to EVs. With continued advances in technology and range anxiety decreasing, it’s likely that EV sales will continue to grow in 2021 and beyond.
The UK is now the world’s second-largest market for EVs
In December 2020, the UK became the world’s second-largest market for electric vehicles (EVs), behind only China. This is thanks in large part to the increasing popularity of EVs among British consumers.
There are a number of reasons why EVs are becoming more popular in the UK. First, they are becoming more affordable as prices continue to decline. Second, the range of EVs on the market is increasing, giving consumers more choice. Finally, there is a growing awareness of the environmental benefits of EVs over traditional petrol and diesel cars.
The Tesla Model Y was the best-selling EV in the UK in December 2020, with 1,625 units sold. This was followed by the Tesla Model 3 (1,574 units sold) and the Nissan Leaf (1,310 units sold).
Other popular EVs in the UK include the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-PACE
Other popular EVs in the UK include the Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-PACE.
The Audi e-tron is a popular EV in the UK for its stylish design and performance. It has a range of up to 248 miles and can charge from 0 to 80% in just 30 minutes. The e-tron also comes with a variety of features including adaptive cruise control, MMI touch response infotainment system, and Bang & Olufsen sound system.
The Jaguar I-PACE is another popular EV in the UK. It has a range of up to 292 miles and can charge from 0 to 80% in just 45 minutes. The I-PACE also comes with a variety of features including all-wheel drive, artificial intelligence (AI) assisted driver assistance technologies, and an InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.