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Top 10 cars year to date (2021)

The November update on new car registrations published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is out, and here is our summary for you.

Although figures still haven’t returned to pre-pandemic levels, overall new private car registrations have increased by 1.7% yet the shortages of semiconductors mean figures are still 31.3% below the pre-pandemic 5-year average.

Petrol cars claimed the largest share of the market, at 43.3% of all models registered, while diesel cars claimed just a 5.1% share.

Electric Vehicles

However, one area that is growing is pure electric (battery only) electric cars. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in November equated to 18.8% of the market, with over 21,000 units being registered last month, which is more than double the BEVs registered in November 2020.

Naturally, the increase in BEV sales has meant there is an increased focus on whether the infrastructure is there to support the uptake. Research by the (SMMT) revealed that the ratio of EV chargers to plug-in cars (including plug-in hybrids) fell by 31 percent during 2020.

The figures show that at the end of 2019, 11 plug-in vehicles theoretically shared a standard public charger capable of charging both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs)

In comparison at the end of 2020, the ratio had fallen to one charger for every 16 plug-in vehicles.

Hybrid Vehicles

Sales of hybrid cars were also up by more than a third, while plug-in hybrid sales rose by around 40%. Together, hybrids and plug-in hybrids accounted for 17.6 % of the market.

During the first 11 months of this year, PHEVs and hybrids account for 6.9% and 9% respectively – up from 3.9% and 6.8% at the same time last year. That increase means more than a quarter of new cars registered this year have come with some form of electric motor, either hybrid, electric, or plug-in hybrid.

Most popular cars of 2021

Top 10 cars of 2021

Source: https://www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/car-registrations/