Electric vehicle market statistics 2023

With increasing consumer demand, greater availability of electric models and government support, electric car sales have been growing strongly and there are now over 660,000 battery-electric cars on UK roads, plus a further 445,000 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 electric car 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. The data must be strictly copied and updated manually, no automated data collection can be applied in any form. The data can only published in its original state and without any modifications.


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 December 2022 there were more than 660,000 battery-electric cars.

More than 265,000 battery-electric cars were registered in 2022, a growth of 40% on 2021.

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

Source: SMMT, December 2022

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What proportion of cars sold each month are electric?

Electric car registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 42,284 new registrations of battery-electric cars in December 2022, giving BEVs a market share of 32.9% 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 electric car sales and, historically, a drop in market share in these periods.

Number of new battery-electric cars registered by month

Source: SMMT, December 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 December 2022, there were more than 1,110,000 plug-in cars with approximately 660,000 BEVs and 445,000 PHEVs registered.

Last year, more than 365,000 plug-in hybrid and battery-electric cars were registered, showing a growth of 20% on 2021. There was also a significant shift away from plug-in hybrids towards battery-electric cars, with plug-in hybrid sales declining year on year, while battery-electric vehicle sales have increased.

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

Source: SMMT, December 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, December 2022

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Electric car registrations continue to rise in absolute numbers, with 50,651 new registrations in December 2022 (42,284 BEVs and 10,186 PHEVs), the market share last month was 39.40% – a record month. Note that, in the UK, March and September are new registration plate months, which accounts for the twice-yearly peaks in new car sales and drop in market share in these periods.

Electric car sales: 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 continues to grow each year.

In 2015, just 1.1% of new vehicles registered had a plug, compared to 3.2% in 2019. By the end of December 2022, this figure had accelerated to 22.9% (16.6% BEV and 6.3% 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, December 2022

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Since 2019, the gap between the percentage of PHEV sales and BEV sales has widened, as BEVs continue to grow in popularity. In 2023, we only expect to see this trend accelerate as BEVs appeal to an increasing number of drivers.


How many electric vans are there in the UK?

Last year, the number of electric vans sold in the UK picked up significantly. One factor here is increased demand, but the upwards trend is 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, November 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 November 2022, there were more than 33,000 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 1974 new registrations in November 2022.

Number of new battery-electric van registrations by month

Source: SMMT, November 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, November 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. The data must be strictly copied and updated manually, no automated data collection can be applied in any form. The data can only published in its original state and without any modifications.