Registrations of battery electric vehicles in September have set an all-time record with 32,721 new registrations, according to SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) data.

Battery electric vehicle market share rose from 6.2% in September 2020 to 15.2% in 2021, with the Tesla Model 3 leading the way as the UK’s number one best-seller. The September performance was around just 5,000 less than the total number of EVs registered during the entirety of 2019.

In addition, the market share for fully electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles increased from 18.5% in September 2020 to 33.2% in 2021, taking a third of the UK market.

The rise in electric car registrations comes despite a continued slump in overall new car sales. In fact, September saw the lowest new car registration total since 1998 due to the ongoing global shortage of semiconductor microchips, which has impacted nearly all manufacturers.

“Every day it is becoming more apparent that UK customers are ready to take the plunge to invest in electrified vehicles, even against a backdrop of severely limited new car supply,” commented Scott Hamilton-Cooper, Director of Sales and Operations at AX.

“It is important to respond to the figures shown in new car registrations and UK vehicle production with initiatives such as AX Electric to ensure that vehicle suppliers are matching their fleet to the customer demand trends shown for electrified vehicles.”

AX Electric is the first fully comprehensive and tailored EV credit hire solution. It offers a 100% EV-for-EV guarantee, nationwide delivery promise on cars, as well as guaranteed deployment to an EV authorised and approved repairer.