UK New Car Registrations (SMMT): September 2020: BEV And PHEV Market Share At A New High, Crossing The Vital 10% Threshold!

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An Excellent Month For Electric Cars Despite An Overall Challenging Trading Environment For The Automotive Sector. Electric Cars At A New High Of 10.5% Market Share!

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Before moving onto the latest results i.e. the September 2020 new car registrations update, let us briefly remind ourselves of the August 2020 registrations update. 

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Car Registrations: August 2020 (credit: SMMT)

August 2020 witnessed a continued increase in the registration of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), despite a continued slowdown in the sales of petrol and diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.  Petrol new car registrations were down by 14.7% in August 2020, compared to August 2019.  Diesel performed worse, with a 39.5% decline. Diesel market share decreased from 25.5% in August 2019 to 16.4% in August 2020. Petrol market share declined from 62.5% to 56.6% in the same period.  

BEV market share increased from 3.4% in August 2019 to 6.4% in August 2020. PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) also witnessed a similar increase from 1% in August 2019 to 3.3% in August 2020.

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Car Registrations: September 2020 (credit: SMMT)

The September 2020 new car registrations update from The Society of Motor traders and Manufacturers (SMMT), is a continuation of the trend so far witnessed in 2020 i.e. diesel cars further declining in market share between September 2019 to September 2020 from 22.2% to 14.3%.  

The same is the trend with petrol cars, witnessing a decline from 65% to 53.8% between September 2019 to September 2020.   In terms of registrations, diesel registrations have declined by 38.4% in September 2020 compared to September 2019, with petrol registrations decreasing 20.9% in September 2020. 

September is the second most important month for new car registrations. Overall the market was down 4.4% with 328,041 new car registrations. With the potential of a second lock-down and the ongoing pandemic, the automotive sector will continue to face significant challenges in the near and medium term.

BEV market share increased from 2.2% in September 2019 to 6.7% in September 2020. PHEVs also witnessed a similar increase from 1.5% in September 2019 to 3.8% in September 2020. 66,611 BEVs have been registered to date this year, an increase of 165.4% from last year.

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Car Registrations: September 2020 (credit: SMMT)

Year-to-date the overall sector continues to face a challenging trading environment, with new car registrations down 33.2%. Despite the continued increase of sales of electric vehicles, though new EV car sales are still below the 10% market share threshold (8.8%) year-to-date, we at e-zoomed expect it to cross it shortly.

Car Registrations September 2020 SMMT

The lack of BEVs and PHEVs on the SMMT September 2020 Best Sellers list, is a firm reminder that the despite all the progress, the adoption of electric vehicles is still requires much work!

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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