2021 has proven to be a seminal year for the Electric Vehicle market. A market already unsurprisingly showing huge growth throughout 2020 was further fuelled by the Governments announcement last November banning the sale of all new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.
The number of Plug In Hybrids (PHEV) and pure Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) on the UKs roads has increased by approximately 50% in the last 12 months, with around 20% of all new car registrations now being of the Pure EV or Hybrid variety.
All the major manufacturers now have a full offering of both plug in hybrids and pure battery electric vehicles. The economically priced Nissan Leaf is still the most popular EV in terms of numbers, alone, accounting for 17% of the UK market, but the more luxurious top marquees are showing significant growth with the Audi E-Tron, Tesla Model S, BMW i3, and Jaguar iPace combined contributing almost 20% of the market.
The UK is showing similar growth in the availability of public charging devices with approximately 28,000 devices now available in the UK and around 5000 of these being rapid charger devices (43KW+), although there is still a significant concentration of these devices within the South East and London area.
Equally relevant to facilitate the continued growth in the EV market is the continued growth in the UKs home and workplace charging infrastructure. The latest figures estimate a total of 250,000 EV Charge Points has now been installed in homes and workplaces throughout the UK.
Here at RB Electrical we too have seen hugely significant growth in both enquires and installations of EV Charge Points this year, with many home and business owners taking advantage of the Government’s OZEV EV Charging Scheme where you can claim a grant of up to £14,000.
We have seen a huge volume increase of over 500% from 2020 levels in both workplace and home installs with work carried out throughout the whole of the North of England, including Liverpool, Sheffield, Oldham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and many more.
Only time will tell what 2022 will bring but another hugely significant year in the growth of the EV Market is forecast.