Good news come from the UK, where passenger car market noted an increase by 27.5% year-over-year to 115,087. It's still down almost 23% compared to January 2020, but at least rebound a bit.

Plug-in electric car sales almost doubled last month. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 23,480 passenger plug-in cars were registered in January, which is 90% more than a year ago. It allowed to improve the market share to 20.4%.

Together with 13,492 non-rechargeable hybrids, close to a third of new cars are electrified - (BEVs, PHEVs, HEVs).

All-electric car sales increases especially quickly, by 130% year-over-year and alone represent 12.5% of the market. Not bad start of the year.

Plug-in electric car registrations in the UK – January 2022

  • BEVs: 14,433 (up 130% year-over-year) at market share of 12.5%
  • PHEVs: 9,047 (up 48% year-over-year) at market share of 7.9%
  • Total: 23,480 (up 90% year-over-year) at market share of 20.4%

For reference, in 2021, more than 305,000 new passenger plug-in cars were registered in the UK, reaching an average market share of almost 20%.

Sales in 2021:

  • BEVs: 190,727 (up 76.3% year-over-year) - market share of 11.6%
  • PHEVs: 114,554 (up 70.6% year-over-year)- market share of 7.0%
  • Total: 305,281 (up 74.1% year-over-year) - market share of 18.5%

More details, including also other types:


Top models

Kia announced that the Kia Niro EV (e-Niro) was the best selling EV for the month, but without releasing the number. Overall, Kia Niro registrations amounted to 2,372 (third best result for the month).



In terms of light commercial vehicle (LCV), some 17,566 were registered in January (down 27% from a strong January 2021). Out of that, about 647 were all-electric (up over 21%), which translated to a market share of 3.7%.

SMMT comments:

"Electric van uptake is predicted to climb significantly this year as a result of key new model launches, by 81.3% to 23,130 units, which would represent 6.4% of the market, compared with 3.6% or 12,759 units in 2021. This means roughly one in 16 new vans will be fully electric in 2022."