As sales of gasoline and diesel cars decline, the Tesla Model 3 becomes the best-selling car in the United Kingdom.


As sales of gasoline and diesel cars fall, the Tesla Model 3 becomes the most popular vehicle in the United Kingdom.

In December, TESLA dominated new registrations, with petrol cars accounting for less than half of sales in 2021.

The auto industry has been severely harmed by supply chain issues and a global semiconductor shortage, with new vehicle registrations increasing by one percent in 2021 over 2020 but remaining -28.7% below pre-Covid levels.

One silver lining, according to data released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), has been the rapid growth in electric vehicle sales, which the group claims demonstrates the market’s “future direction.”

With 9,612 new registrations in December, the Tesla Model 3 surpassed the Mini as the best-selling car, with 4,625 new cars.

With 34,783 sales in 2021, the Tesla Model 3 is also the best-selling electric vehicle.

“Despite the challenges, the undeniable bright spot is the growth in electric car uptake,” said SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes.

“A record-breaking year for the cleanest, greenest vehicles demonstrates the industry’s investment over the last decade as well as the technology’s inherent attractiveness.”

“The models are there; two out of every five new car models can now be plugged in, giving drivers the broadest choice ever, and industry is working hard to overcome Covid-related supply constraints.”

In 2021, gasoline-powered vehicles accounted for 46.3 percent of sales, while electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 27.5 percent.

Diesel sales nearly halved between 2020 and 2021, accounting for only 8.2 percent of the market.

The UK is now the third-largest European market for new car registrations and the second-largest market for electric vehicles in terms of volume.

Despite setting an ambitious goal of eliminating petrol and diesel sales by 2030, it still trails in terms of market share.

“The biggest obstacle to our shared net zero ambitions, however, is not product availability, but cost and charging infrastructure,” Mr. Hawes said.

“Recent reductions in incentives and home charging grants should be reversed, and we need to accelerate the rollout of public on-street charging with mandated targets, ensuring that every driver, regardless of where they live, can charge where they want and when they want.”

According to previous SMMT research, the rollout of charging infrastructure is increasingly being postponed.

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