Figures show UK EV production remains high

New data shows electric car production is still booming, despite fears the cost-of-living crisis could have an impact on sales.  

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal that the production of combined battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid cars were up by almost 50% last month compared to last year.  

This translates to 28,329 units, representing more than four in every 10 cars made in January, a near record monthly share.  

As the shift to EVs continues, this shows the manufacturing power of the UK in making these models, as 77% are exported to meet global demand.  

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: ‘Automotive manufacturing can drive long-term growth for the low carbon economy but the sector needs competitive conditions to attract investment. 

‘Recent global developments, however, suggest increasing protectionism which, if not challenged or mitigated, could put the UK at a disadvantage.  

‘To deliver a wholesale industrial transformation we need a competitive framework and a pitch that promotes advanced vehicle manufacturing internationally. We now look to the forthcoming Budget for the necessary measures that will enable the automotive sector to deliver its undoubted potential.’  

Overall car production remained stable, decreasing by just 0.3%, the equivalent of 215 less cars, as suppliers made structural changes – one switched from making cars to vans to stay afloat.  

While domestic production rose by 5.6%, exports declined by 1.5% which was mainly due to a suspension of shipments to Russia, accounting for 83.6% of the loss.  

Forecasts predict that UK car production will rise by 9% to 842,200 cars this year, largely driven by the electric transition.  

The government has said the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be phased out by 2030 and all new vehicles will need to be zero emission by 2035.  

Photo by Laurel and Michael Evans


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