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EVs dominated the UK automotive market in December

The UK’s auto market noticed plugin electrical automobiles take 39.4% share of latest gross sales in December, a brand new document, up from 33.2% 12 months on 12 months. Full electrics alone took virtually a 3rd of the market. Total auto volumes had been up 18% 12 months on 12 months in December, however nonetheless down in comparison with pre-2020 norms. The Tesla Mannequin Y was the UK’s general third greatest promoting automobile in 2022, and the highest vendor in December.



December’s mixed plugin share of 39.4% comprised 32.9% full battery electrics (BEVs), and 6.5% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). The respective shares in December 2021 had been 33.2% plugins, 25.5% BEV, and seven.7% PHEV.

By way of volumes, December noticed BEVs develop 1.53x from a 12 months in the past, to 42,284 gross sales. PHEV volumes had been basically flat 12 months on 12 months, with 8,367 gross sales.

The full 12 months 2022 plugin share amounted to 22.8% mixed, composed of 16.6% BEVs, and 6.3% PHEVs. This compares to full 12 months 2021 outcomes of 18.5% mixed, with 11.6% BEVs, 6.9% PHEVs.

The 16.6% end result for BEV share represents an annual charge of progress in share of 1.43x, which is a relaxing from the upper progress charge of 2021 over 2022, which was 1.76x.

The quantity in full 12 months 2022 amounted to 267,203 BEVs, up 40% from 2021, and 101,413 PHEVs, down 11.5%. This comes in opposition to a background of general auto gross sales down by 2.0% in 2022 in comparison with 2021.

Full 12 months 2022 diesel-only automobiles’ share amounted to five.1%, down from 8.2% in 2021. For petrol-only automobiles, 2022 noticed 42.3% share, down from 46.3% in 2021. Anticipate petrol’s charge of decline to speed up within the coming years, as soon as diesel gross sales have successfully ended.


UK Monthly Powertrain Market Share


UK’s bestselling BEV manufacturers

Tesla made their routine end-of-quarter enormous push in December, with the Mannequin Y (10,664 items) and Mannequin 3 (5,704 items) really taking the general high two bestselling autos (of any powertrain) for the month. Notice, nevertheless, that Tesla’s supply volumes are so uneven that December alone represented virtually one third of the Mannequin Y’s complete 2022 gross sales.

Behind Tesla, the Volkswagen model (primarily the ID.3 and ID.4) took December’s second place in BEV market share, and BMW (led by the i4) took third.


UK BEV Brands Est. December 2022


By way of actions, Renault jumped up considerably in December, to #4 spot (from #18 the earlier month), doubtless due to the Megane, which appears to have just lately began quantity deliveries within the UK. Porsche and Skoda manufacturers additionally climbed the ranks by a couple of spots in comparison with November.

Far exterior the highest 20, the Ora model noticed a couple of preliminary deliveries within the UK (simply round 20 items for now), which we are able to deduce should have been the brand new Ora Funky Cat hatchback. This can be a first rate worth providing within the premium hatchback phase, so let’s see how excessive Ora can climb.

Let’s now have a look at the trailing 3-month model outcomes:


UK BEV Brands Est. December 2022-Trailing Qtr


Right here Tesla nonetheless has a large lead, although that is once more partly because of the model’s behavior of back-loading deliveries in direction of the tip of the 12 months (see the longer-term full 12 months model shares under).

Manufacturers which noticed beneficial properties in This autumn in comparison with Q3 embody Polestar (seventeenth place to eighth place), and Volvo (twentieth to twelfth). Renault additionally did nicely (fifteenth to ninth), and Nissan climbed from ninth to fifth. On the flip facet, Kia dropped from seventh to 14th, and Hyundai from third to tenth.

As regular, a lot of the motion is short-term, resulting from shifting allocation priorities of common fashions throughout many European (and international) markets, the place general demand for BEVs outstrips provide. Within the case of the UK, that is much more deliberative, because of the must batch manufacturing of right-hand drive fashions for this market.

Lastly in our UK model evaluation, let’s look again on the full 12 months efficiency:


UK BEV Brands Est. 2022 Full Year


Right here we are able to see that Tesla was nonetheless very sturdy, although not fairly to the identical diploma as in these months and quarters the place it biases deliveries. BMW and Volkswagen manufacturers took second and third spots. Notice Ford’s weak efficiency in BEVs, and the truth that Toyota doesn’t seem in any respect within the high 20 (and, by my calculation, solely took 0.2% of the UK’s BEV gross sales in 2022).

Since we reached the tip of one other 12 months, the UK auto trade affiliation, the SMMT, offered a high 10 chart of the bestselling BEV fashions for the 12 months. We are able to examine the 2022 listing (on the left) with the identical listing from 2021 (on the fitting):


2022 vs 2021 SMMT Year BEVs


As we noticed above, the Tesla Mannequin Y (which began UK deliveries in February 2022) has instantly proved the most well-liked BEV, and jumped into the highest spot.

Discover, nevertheless the final consistency in common fashions between 2021 and 2022. The highest 4 from 2021 shuffled down one place to make method for the Mannequin Y, however in any other case stored their relative rankings. Nevertheless, the Tesla Mannequin 3 took a quantity dip, which factors to sibling “cannibalisation” from the Mannequin Y. But throughout the 2 fashions, Tesla’s mixed quantity grew by 57% 12 months on 12 months — quicker quantity progress than the UK’s general BEV market (40% YoY progress).

Tesla’s relative energy within the UK will be seen by the truth that some the opposite common BEV fashions (the Kia Niro, VW ID.3, Nissan Leaf) noticed 2022 volumes roughly flat, or barely dipped, in comparison with 2021.

Manufacturing group rankings

Now let’s check out manufacturing group efficiency, first over the This autumn interval:


UK BEV Group Est. December 2022 Trailing Qtr


In comparison with Q3, Tesla and VW Group maintained their positions on the high. BMW Group climbed from fifth to third, and Renault-Nissan climbed from sixth to 4th.

The most important gainer was Geely (proprietor of Volvo and Polestar) which climbed from ninth to fifth. On the flip facet, Hyundai Motor Group fell from third to sixth, and Stellantis fell hardest, from 4th to eighth.

Let’s lastly have a look at the teams’ full 12 months outcomes, and examine with final 12 months.


UK BEV Group Est. 2022 Full Year


I’ve partial and indicative knowledge for 2021 (although not 100% full or 100% correct). In 2021 VW Group had the general lead, with Tesla in second. In 2022, VW Group misplaced market share, while Tesla gained share, and took the lead.

Plainly the remaining rating positions are the identical as final 12 months. The market share weightings have improved a bit for Tesla, BMW Group, and Geely, on the expense of misplaced weightings for Hyundai Motor Group, Stellantis, and VW Group.

As Tesla have proven, the introduction of a aggressive new mannequin, backed up by comparatively unconstrained manufacturing volumes, can change the management charts. Which means there’s the whole lot to play for in 2023 if different manufacturing teams can step up.



The Mannequin Y was the UK’s general bestselling BEV in 2022, and, remarkably the third greatest promoting automobile general. That is a tremendous end result provided that even the bottom variant (solely provided from late August ’22) prices some £52,000, round twice the value of different automobiles within the UK’s general high 10.

It’s true that, ranging from mid December, Tesla UK quickly provided 6000 miles of free supercharging to incentivise deliveries taken earlier than the tip of the month (confirmed by Tesla).

This was prone to attempt to meet an end-of-year symbolic milemarker in Tesla’s international headline gross sales, moderately than indicating any concern with ongoing UK demand. This short-term incentive might have pulled ahead into December some low-thousands of deliveries, which might anyway in any other case have been made in January. Even with out this, although, the Mannequin Y would have been the UK’s 4th or fifth general bestseller for 2022, an ideal end result for BEVs.

Regardless of the UK’s general auto market shrinking by 2% 12 months on 12 months (and nonetheless being 30% down on pre-2020 norms), BEVs proceed to develop strongly, up 40% in quantity YoY.

The general auto market did see 5 consecutive months of YoY progress within the latter a part of the 12 months, and the SMMT are at the moment forecasting some 11% general progress in 2023, saying “provide chains are starting to stabilise and though the scarcity of semiconductors is anticipated to ease, erratic provide will doubtless impression manufacturing all through 2023.”

PHEVs now seem to have misplaced momentum within the UK. If Norway and Sweden can function guides, PHEVs will hold promoting however not develop share by a lot general (except maybe compelling new BEV+Rex fashions come obtainable). Plugless hybrids, just lately buoyed by “fast emissions repair” gentle hybrids, appear to be now slowing their progress.

The one powertrain kind with first rate progress prospects from right here on is BEV.

The long-term complete price of possession proposition of BEVs remains to be compelling in comparison with ICE, although the differential is quickly struggling resulting from excessive electrical energy value inflation in latest months. New automotive patrons are conscious of the BEV benefits, and we are able to count on BEV share to proceed to develop in 2023, maybe reaching above 40% of the market on the finish of the 12 months.

The precise progress charges for BEVs are actually primarily influenced by the amount of provide, moderately than by restricted demand. 2023’s end result will thus primarily rely upon producers making first rate volumes of BEVs obtainable to the UK market.

What are your ideas on the UK’s auto market, and the transition to EVs? Please share your perspective within the dialogue part under.



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