Latest statistics from the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the production of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) has increased by 6.5 per cent, which equates to 32,282 rolling off the production line in the first half of this year.
Although car manufacturing here in the UK has fallen by a fifth in the first six months of 2022, some good news for the industry is coming from the boost in electric vehicle production.
Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing says:
“With the help of the £3.4bn investment committed to UK’s zero emissions future in H1, the electric vehicle market is proven to be a bright spot for the automotive industry.
“Whilst electric vehicle manufacturing has become more common and beneficial to the automotive industry, EVs are also significantly beneficial for the environment.
“Whilst they are reducing carbon emissions, more widespread battery recycling will also be more efficient and reduce the need to extract new materials, therefore decreasing the reliance on production of new batteries.
“An increasing number of lease customers are making the jump to electric cars and vans, with many new players now coming to the market, particularly from China, as Chinese manufacturers are getting more and more of a foothold on Britain’s forecourts.
“A recent newcomer being the ORA Funky Cat. ORA is a firm owned by the Great Wall Motors’ group, China’s biggest producer of SUVs and pick-up trucks. The Funky Cat is set to go on sale in the Autumn of this year, rivalling the MINI Electric.
“Two-thirds of motorists want to buy an EV, with the majority seeking lower fuel bills, according to a survey commissioned by Bridgestone. So, as the cost of fuel increases in the UK, it isn’t surprising that people are switching to BEVS.
“In May this year, Select Car Leasing agreed a partnership with the sustainable energy solutions provider Egg to become an official partner for electric vehicle (EV) charging point subscriptions. Meaning Select customers that sign up to Egg’s £30-per-month home EV charger subscription will receive their first month for free.
“It’s great to see this boost in the electric vehicle market and we encourage people to continue jumping on board the electric revolution as we have been for some time.”
For more information on Select Car Leasing and their range of electric vehicles, please visit: www.selectcarleasing.co.uk/hybrid-electric-cars.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Audi