New model sales have reached new lows, and availability is expected to ‘fall sharply.’
The death knell for gasoline cars may be ringing as sales of electric and alternative vehicles fall to the same level.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT), petrol models accounted for 46% of car sales in 2021.
Meanwhile, battery-electric vehicles accounted for 13%, hybrid electric vehicles for 9%, plug-in hybrid vehicles for 7%, and other alternative vehicles accounted for 18%.
When added together, this equals 46%, with diesel models accounting for 8% of total sales.
In 2019, petrol cars accounted for 64% of all models, but this will drop to 55% in 2020.
Petrol models are expected to be nearly extinct in half a decade, based on current market share losses of around 10% per year.
This would be a few years before the government’s planned 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars.
The availability of petrol and diesel cars will “fall sharply” in the run-up to the end of the decade, according to AA Cars CEO James Fairclough.
“Petrol cars will still be on our roads for many years to come,” he told This website, “and they will still predominate in the second-hand market for a while.”
“However, as we get closer to 2030, the availability of new petrol and diesel models is likely to drop sharply, as manufacturers wind down production of those vehicles to focus solely on greener cars.”
In the last two years, electric car sales have increased dramatically.
According to new data, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling vehicle in the United Kingdom in December 2021, with over 9,500 vehicles leaving dealerships.
The new electric model was the year’s second-best-selling vehicle, trailing only the Vauxhall Corsa by 6,000 units.
According to the SMMT, the UK will register more electric vehicles in 2021 than it did between 2010 and 2019.
However, Dan Powell, senior editor at Heycar, warns that the era of gasoline cars may not be over yet.
“I think it’s far too soon to start writing the obituary for petrol cars,” he told this website.
“While 2021 has been a watershed moment for new electric vehicles, it’s worth remembering that electric and hybrid vehicles account for only about 2% of all vehicles on UK roads.”
“Electric vehicles are unquestionably the way of the future, but we must exercise caution when using them.”
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