Electric cars likely to outsell diesel ones in the UK next year

More electric cars are anticipated to be sold in the UK than diesel models next year, in what authorities say is a “watershed moment”.

Fully electric battery cars have already outsold diesel cars for many months this season, but 2022 is currently projected to be the first time it happens across a year.

A complete of 260,000 electric cars are anticipated to be sold in 2022 versus 221,000 diesel models, according to figures published yesterday by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the UK automotive trade body. The figures do not include hybrid models.


“It’s brilliant. I believe this is a watershed moment regarding EVs [electric vehicles] finally coming in from the cold and being truly a mainstream solution for folks,” says David Bailey at the University of Birmingham, UK.

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He says the surge has been driven by a “massive” new selection of vehicles, a fall in up-front prices and improvements in both battery range and public charging infrastructure.

Electric vehicles have emerged as crucial for meeting polluting of the environment and climate change goals, such as for example those being discussed at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, UK, this week.

The SMMT figures also show that nearly 10 % of new car sales up to now this season are for electric models, up from 5.5 per cent this past year. “We are seeing rapid uptake. It wasn’t way back when we saw 2 per cent. We will visit a tipping point around the center of this decade where EVs outcompete the inner combustion engine: it’ll be cheaper, full stop,” says Bailey.

While electric car sales are expected to overtake diesels next year, Bailey says he expects they won’t accelerate past petrol cars until around 2024. Beyond 2025, he says: “I can’t really see worthwhile reason to buy a petrol car.” THE UNITED KINGDOM government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

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