Electric vehicle market statistics 2022

With increasing consumer demand, greater availability of electric models and government support, sales of electric cars have been growing strongly and there are now over 470,000 battery-electric cars on UK roads, plus a further 385,000 plug-in hybrids.

On this electric vehicle (EV) market stats page, Zap-Map tracks the cumulative number of electric vehicles on UK roads, the growth in electric vehicle sales, and the proportion of new car sales that are electric – either battery-electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids. You can also track the number of electric vans being sold.

In addition to this EV sales data, Zap-Map tracks EV charging statistics and also offers various insight reports as well as the annual EV Charging Survey, designed to assist organisations of all types in making the switch to electric vehicles. Please get in touch for more information on data_requests@zap-map.com.

Third parties are welcome to use the Zap-Map charts, showing growth in the EV market over time, as long as the Zap-Map logo is maintained on the chart, and acknowledgement is added, ideally with a link back to https://www.zap-map.com in the body of the article.


How many electric cars are there in the UK?

The chart below shows the number of electric cars registered in the UK – as of the end of April 2022 there were more than 470,000 battery-electric cars.

Last year saw the biggest annual increase in number of registrations, with more than 395,000 battery-electric cars registered, showing a growth of 92% on 2020.

Cumulative number of battery-electric cars in the UK (2016 to date)

Source: SMMT, April 2022

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What proportion of cars sold each month are electric?

Electric car registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 12,899 new registrations of battery-electric cars in April 2022, giving BEVs a market share of 10.8% of all new car registrations.

Note that, in the UK, March and September are new registration plate months, which accounts for the twice-yearly peaks in sales and drop in market share in these periods.

Number of new battery-electric cars registered by month

Source: SMMT, April 2022

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How many plug-in cars are there in the UK?

The chart below shows the number of plug-in cars registered in the UK. As of the end of April 2022, there were more than 858,000 plug-in cars with approximately 470,000 BEVs and 385,000 PHEVs registered.

Last year saw the biggest annual increase in number of registrations, with more than 740,000 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars registered, showing a growth of 70% on 2020.

Cumulative number of plug-in cars registered in the UK (2016 to date)

Source: SMMT, April 2022

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Number of new plug-in car registrations by month

The chart below shows the number of registrations and market share of plug-in cars each month over the past 13 months.

Source: SMMT, April 2022

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Electric car registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 19,348 new registrations in April 2022 (12,899 BEVs and 6,449 PHEVs), the market share last month was 16.20%. Note that, in the UK, March and September are new registration plate months, which accounts for the twice-yearly peaks in sales and drop in market share in these periods.

How has the electric car market share grown over time?

As shown in the chart, the number of electric cars as a proportion of all new cars showed a significant increase in 2021. In 2015 just 1.1% of new vehicles registered had a plug compared to 3.2% in 2019; by the end of December 2021, this figure had accelerated to 18.6% (11.6% BEV and 7.0% PHEV). These numbers reflect both the increase in demand for electric vehicles and the decline in demand for traditional, particularly diesel, cars.

Annual market share – plug-in market share of new car registrations (2016 to date)

Source: SMMT, April 2022

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Over the past few years the majority of the new registrations were PHEVs, but in 2020 with longer range and greater model choice available as BEVs, this reversed with pure EVs leading on monthly sales and annual market share (see previous chart). This trend continued in 2021.

So far in 2022 electric car sales are showing no signs of abating.


How many electric vans are there in the UK?

Last year, the number of electric vans sold in the UK really picked up, in part due to increased demand, but also thanks to a large number of new models coming to market, seeing what was once a very small choice of models expand dramatically.

Find out more in our Guide to Electric Vans, or see the charts below to see the profile of new registrations of battery-electric vans in the UK since 2020.

Cumulative number of battery-electric vans registered in the UK (2020 to date)

Source: SMMT, March 2022

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The chart above shows the number of battery-electric vans registered in the UK since 2020. As of the end of March 2022, there were more than 22,000 battery-electric vans in the UK.

Last year saw the biggest annual increase in the number of electric van registrations, with almost 13,000 electric vans registered, showing a growth of 240% on 2020.


How many new electric vans are registered each month?

The chart below shows the number of registrations of battery-electric vans each month in 2022. Electric van registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with more than 1,900 new registrations in March 2022.

Number of new battery-electric van registrations by month

Source: SMMT, March 2022

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How has the market share of electric vans grown over time?

As shown in the chart, the number of electric vans as a proportion of all new vans increased to 3.6% in 2021. So far this year, that proportion has increased to 5.8%. We only expect this percentage to increase as the year progresses.

Annual market share – battery-electric market share of new van registrations (2012 to date)

Source: SMMT, March 2022

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Please note that third parties can use this data provided the source is clearly attributed to Zap-Map, any graphs include the Zap-Map logo, and a link is added back to https://www.zap-map.com in the body of the article.