According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) UK car production rose dramatically in May. Sales for the month totalled 54,962.
This is impressive compared to just 5,314 sales a year ago but is far below pre-pandemic levels. It’s down a massive minus 52.6 percent for the same month in 2019. Electric and plug-in vehicles on the other hand did well once again.
As overall production tries to regain momentum, the manufacturing of electrified vehicles is the area that is picking up speed. During May 19.2 percent of all UK car output was for battery electric and hybrid cars.
So far this year, one in five vehicles manufactured in the UK were alternatively-fuelled models. Hybrid sales so far this year account for one in six sales, while for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) it’s now one in sixteen. This further highlights the scale of transformation ahead as the demand for cleaner cars continues.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “If the UK is to remain competitive, it must ensure it has a globally attractive policy framework for both vehicle production and the supply chain.
“Accelerating zero-emission car production is part of this package, so while one in five models made here this year is alternatively fuelled. We need to drive investment in R&D, charging infrastructure and the market to ensure we can deliver the net-zero future society demands.”