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Four UK regions have seen electric car ownership more than double over the past year

by LLB Editor
21st Sep 21 6:03 am

Four regions of the UK have seen electric car (EV) ownership more than double in the past year, with the North West experiencing the fastest growth, according to DVLA data analysed by car leasing comparison website LeaseLoco.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) submission was made by LeaseLoco to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), requesting the latest registration figures for BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles)*.

EV ownership has more than tripled in the North West, up 214% in the past 12 months, with the number of electric cars registered in the region just shy of 22,000, compared to 7,005 in 2020.

Three other regions have seen electric car registrations increase by more than 100% since 2020; Ownership is up 142% in the South West, 132% in Yorkshire and the Humber and 128% in the South East.

The West Midlands has seen the slowest EV uptake, with registrations up just 45% in the past year.

Table: UK regions ranked in order of fastest growth in electric vehicle (BEV) registrations, 2021 vs 2020

Region

Number of BEVs registered –  

2020

Number of BEVs registered –

2021

% Increase in BEVs

North West

7,005

21,993

214.0%

South West

11,554

27,964

142.0%

Yorkshire & the Humber

6,304

14,639

132.2%

South East

22,453

51,205

128.1%

Scotland

7,529

14,808

96.7%

East

11,152

21,038

88.6%

Northern Ireland

1,390

2,549

83.4%

East Midlands

5,793

10,047

73.4%

Wales

2,696

4,641

72.1%

London

14,735

24,908

69.0%

North East

2,323

3,574

53.9%

West Midlands

11,628

16,888

45.2%

John Wilmot, CEO of car leasing comparison website LeaseLoco comments:

“These figures show the regions where consumers appear to be more committed to early switching to an EV, and regions where perhaps a jump start is needed.

“EVs still make up a small percentage of the total number of new car sales every month, with consumers expressing reservations around price and charging infrastructure.

“We have seen a threefold increase in electric car enquiries on the LeaseLoco platform, which shows the intent is there to switch to greener motoring, but many car owners while expressing interest are still not ready to make the leap.

“With the sale of new diesel and petrol cars banned from 2030, the next two to three years will be critical in ensuring that the switch to greener motoring stays on track.”

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