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Electric Car Sales Doubled in 2020

During 2020, the number of electric vehicles sold were more than doubled the number sold in 2019. This is great news for the sector, along with the news that only 1% of electric vehicle owners would go back to traditional diesel or petrol vehicles. 

Meanwhile, the registrations of new diesel and petrol vehicles in 2020 more than halved when compared to 2019.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that there were 108,205 pure electric vehicle registrations during the entirety of 2020. The number becomes more impressive when you consider that in 2019 there were 37,850 pure electric vehicle registrations.

If we take a look at their figures for diesel vehicles we see a 55% fall in registrations from 581,774 to 261,772. While petrol vehicle suffered a similar fate with 903,961 registrations in 2020 compared to 1,482,409 in 2019, a 39% fall in sales.

RAC data insight spokesman Rod Dennis said: “We may well now be reaching a watershed moment when it comes to new car sales in the UK... the rise in demand for plug-in electrified vehicles appears to partly be taking place at petrol and diesel’s expense.”

Mr Dennis called 2021 a “critically important year when it comes to understanding the appetite drivers have for ‘going electric’” and hopes that a negative economic outlook doesn’t quell demand in the long run. 

In other news, a new survey has shown that more than 90% of drivers who have switched to electric vehicles wouldn’t consider switching back to petrol or diesel.

The survey was conducted by Zap-Map and it found there was a significant shift towards more environmentally friendly vehicles with 91% of the 2,000 respondents saying they wouldn’t switch back. While 8% said they were unsure and only 1% saying they missed their previous diesel or petrol vehicle.

Other findings include overall driver satisfaction where EVs again took a clear lead, scoring much higher than petrol or diesel vehicles. EV drivers reported a satisfaction score of 91/100 while the score for petrol and diesel vehicles was 72/100. This difference has been put down to the fact that they are experiencing louder, less-efficient vehicles.

The EV models that enjoyed the highest satisfaction score were the Volkswagen ID.3, Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid and BMW 3 series saloon, which all saw a 100% score. While the Tesla Model 3 (96%), Kia e-Niro (96%) and Hyundai KONA electric (94%) saw similarly high scores.

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis commented: "While would-be electric car drivers might worry about range anxiety, they should also be aware that the number public charge points is increasing rapidly and infrastructure continues to improve.

"They should also remember that the vast majority of their journeys are unlikely to be over several hundred miles, meaning that for day-to-day travel, operating an electric vehicle is a clean and cost-effective option."

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