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UK’s EV Share Hits 40% In December – Tesla Mannequin Y General Bestseller

The UK’s auto market noticed plugin electrical autos take 39.4% share of latest gross sales in December, a brand new document, up from 33.2% yr on yr. Full electrics alone took nearly a 3rd of the market. General auto volumes had been up 18% yr on yr in December, however nonetheless down in comparison with pre-2020 norms. The Tesla Mannequin Y was the UK’s total third greatest promoting car in 2022, and the highest vendor in December.

December’s mixed plugin share of 39.4% comprised 32.9% full battery electrics (BEVs), and 6.5% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). The respective shares in December 2021 had been 33.2% plugins, 25.5% BEV, and seven.7% PHEV.

When it comes to volumes, December noticed BEVs develop 1.53x from a yr in the past, to 42,284 gross sales. PHEV volumes had been primarily flat yr on yr, with 8,367 gross sales.

The full yr 2022 plugin share amounted to 22.8% mixed, composed of 16.6% BEVs, and 6.3% PHEVs. This compares to full yr 2021 outcomes of 18.5% mixed, with 11.6% BEVs, 6.9% PHEVs.

The 16.6% outcome for BEV share represents an annual charge of progress in share of 1.43x, which is a relaxing from the upper progress charge of 2021 over 2022, which was 1.76x.

The quantity in full yr 2022 amounted to 267,203 BEVs, up 40% from 2021, and 101,413 PHEVs, down 11.5%. This comes towards a background of total auto gross sales down by 2.0% in 2022 in comparison with 2021.

Full yr 2022 diesel-only autos’ share amounted to five.1%, down from 8.2% in 2021. For petrol-only autos, 2022 noticed 42.3% share, down from 46.3% in 2021. Count on petrol’s charge of decline to speed up within the coming years, as soon as diesel gross sales have successfully ended.

UK’s Bestselling BEV Manufacturers

Tesla made their recurring end-of-quarter big push in December, with the Mannequin Y (10,664 models) and Mannequin 3 (5,704 models) truly taking the total prime two bestselling autos (of any powertrain) for the month. Be aware nevertheless that Tesla’s supply volumes are so uneven that December alone represented nearly one third of the Mannequin Y’s complete 2022 gross sales.

Behind Tesla, Volkswagen model (primarily the ID.3 and ID.4) took December’s second place in BEV market share, and BMW (led by the i4) took third.

When it comes to actions, Renault jumped up considerably in December, to #4 spot (from #18 the earlier month), doubtless because of the Megane, which appears to have just lately began quantity deliveries within the UK. Porsche and Skoda manufacturers additionally climbed the ranks by a number of spots in comparison with November.

Far exterior the highest 20, the Ora model noticed a number of preliminary deliveries within the UK (simply round 20 models for now), which we are able to deduce should have been the brand new Ora Funky Cat hatchback. This can be a first rate worth providing within the premium hatchback section, so let’s see how excessive Ora can climb.

Let’s now take a look at the trailing 3-month model outcomes:

Right here Tesla nonetheless has an enormous lead, although that is once more partly as a result of model’s behavior of back-loading deliveries in direction of the tip of the yr (see the longer-term full yr model shares beneath).

Manufacturers which noticed positive aspects in This autumn in comparison with Q3 embrace Polestar (seventeenth place to eighth place), and Volvo (twentieth to twelfth). Renault additionally did nicely (fifteenth to ninth), and Nissan climbed from ninth to fifth. On the flip facet, Kia dropped from seventh to 14th, and Hyundai from third to tenth.

As typical, a lot of the motion is short-term, as a result of shifting allocation priorities of standard fashions throughout many European (and international) markets, the place total demand for BEVs outstrips provide. Within the case of the UK, that is much more deliberative, as a result of have to batch manufacturing of right-hand drive fashions for this market.

Lastly in our UK model evaluation, let’s look again on the full yr efficiency:

Right here we are able to see that Tesla was nonetheless very sturdy, although not fairly to the identical diploma as in these months and quarters the place it biases deliveries. BMW and Volkswagen manufacturers took second and third spots. Be aware Ford’s weak efficiency in BEVs, and the truth that Toyota doesn’t seem in any respect within the prime 20 (and, by my calculation, solely took 0.2% of the UK’s BEV gross sales in 2022).

Since we reached the tip of one other yr, the UK auto business affiliation, the SMMT, offered a prime 10 chart of the bestselling BEV fashions for the yr. We are able to examine the 2022 listing (on the left) with the identical listing from 2021 (on the correct):

As we noticed above, the Tesla Mannequin Y (which began UK deliveries in February 2022) has instantly proved the most well-liked BEV, and jumped into the highest spot.

Discover, nevertheless the overall consistency in standard fashions between 2021 and 2022. The highest 4 from 2021 shuffled down one place to make approach for the Mannequin Y, however in any other case stored their relative rankings. Nonetheless, the Tesla Mannequin 3 took a quantity dip, which factors to sibling “cannibalisation” from the Mannequin Y. But throughout the 2 fashions, Tesla’s mixed quantity grew by 57% yr on yr — sooner quantity progress than the UK’s total BEV market (40% YoY progress).

Tesla’s relative power within the UK might be seen by the truth that some the opposite standard BEV fashions (the Kia Niro, VW ID.3, Nissan Leaf) noticed 2022 volumes roughly flat, or barely dipped, in comparison with 2021.

Manufacturing Group Rankings

Now let’s check out manufacturing group efficiency, first over the This autumn interval:

In comparison with Q3, Tesla and VW Group maintained their positions on the prime. BMW Group climbed from fifth to third, and Renault-Nissan climbed from sixth to 4th.

The largest gainer was Geely (proprietor of Volvo and Polestar) which climbed from ninth to fifth. On the flip facet, Hyundai Motor Group fell from third to sixth, and Stellantis fell hardest, from 4th to eighth.

Let’s lastly take a look at the teams’ full yr outcomes, and examine with final yr.

I’ve partial and indicative information for 2021 (although not 100% full or 100% correct). In 2021 VW Group had the general lead, with Tesla in second. In 2022, VW Group misplaced market share, while Tesla gained share, and took the lead.

Evidently the remaining rating positions are the identical as final yr. The market share weightings have improved a bit for Tesla, BMW Group, and Geely, on the expense of misplaced weightings for Hyundai Motor Group, Stellantis, and VW Group.

As Tesla have proven, the introduction of a aggressive new mannequin, backed up by comparatively unconstrained manufacturing volumes, can change the management charts. Which means there’s all the things to play for in 2023 if different manufacturing teams can step up.


The Mannequin Y was the UK’s total bestselling BEV in 2022, and, remarkably the third greatest promoting car total. That is an incredible outcome on condition that even the bottom variant (solely supplied from late August ’22) prices some £52k, round twice the worth of different autos within the UK’s total prime 10.

It’s true that, ranging from mid December, Tesla UK quickly supplied 6000 miles of free supercharging to incentivise deliveries taken earlier than the tip of the month (confirmed by Tesla).

This was more likely to attempt to meet an end-of-year symbolic milemarker in Tesla’s international headline gross sales, moderately than indicating any concern with ongoing UK demand. This short-term incentive could have pulled ahead into December some low-thousands of deliveries, which might anyway in any other case have been made in January. Even with out this, although, the Mannequin Y would have been the UK’s 4th or fifth total bestseller for 2022, a fantastic outcome for BEVs.

Regardless of the UK’s total auto market shrinking by 2% yr on yr (and nonetheless being 30% down on pre-2020 norms), BEVs proceed to develop strongly, up 40% in quantity YoY.

The general auto market did see 5 consecutive months of YoY progress within the latter a part of the yr, and the SMMT are at the moment forecasting some 11% total progress in 2023, saying “provide chains are starting to stabilise and though the scarcity of semiconductors is anticipated to ease, erratic provide will doubtless impression manufacturing all through 2023”.

PHEVs now seem to have misplaced momentum within the UK. If Norway and Sweden can function guides, PHEVs will maintain promoting however not develop share by a lot total (except maybe compelling new BEV+Rex fashions come out there). Plugless hybrids, just lately buoyed by “fast emissions repair” delicate hybrids, appear to be now slowing their progress.

The one powertrain sort with first rate progress prospects from right here on is BEV.

The long-term complete price of possession proposition of BEVs continues to be compelling in comparison with ICE, though the differential is quickly struggling as a result of excessive electrical energy value inflation in current months. New automobile patrons are conscious of the BEV benefits, and we are able to count on BEV share to proceed to develop in 2023, maybe reaching above 40% of the market on the finish of the yr.

The precise progress charges for BEVs are actually primarily influenced by the amount of provide, moderately than by restricted demand. 2023’s outcome will thus primarily rely on producers making first rate volumes of BEVs out there to the UK market.

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