Although passenger vehicle sales in the U.K. were down 14.3% in March compared to March 2021 at a total 243,479 units.
The U.S. sales were, according to LMC Automotive, on the order of 1.25 million units in March, the automotive consulting firm notes that compared to March 2021 that is a decrease of 22%, so the Brits are better on that score.
What is most notable about the U.K. vehicle registration numbers, as reported by SMMT: Battery electric vehicle sales were 39,315 units, or 16.1% of all vehicles sold. That is a 78.7% increase over the number of EVs sold there in March ’21.
Diesel: 13,736 units -55.2% (from March ’21)
Petrol: 102,349 -25.6%
MHEV diesel: 11,569 -50.3%
MHEV petrol: 32,716 4.0%
PHEV: 16,037 -7.5%
HEV: 27,737 28.4%
In other words, only EVs, mild gasoline hybrids and hybrids saw an increase. Those three categories of vehicles represent 40.9% of the total market in March ’22.
Things are certainly changing in the U.K.
The best-selling vehicle in the U.K. in March? The Tesla Model Y. And that’s of all powertrains. Number 2? The Tesla Model 3.