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Electric Car Statistics: A 2022 Unwrap

It’s no secret that electric vehicle sales are going from strength to strength, but what can we determine, looking back over statistics from the last couple of years as 2022 came to a close? And can we predict where these projections might take the EV market in the near future? 

RAW Charging has scoured the internet for stats and figures to give you the inside scoop on EV sales and how, with the help of RAW, there’s never been a better time to go electric. 


EV statistics in 2021

  • Following an exponential 186% increase in sales in 2020, electric vehicles enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2021, with one in ten cars sold being EVs.
  • In total, 1.65 million new EVs were registered in 2021, despite the impact of global chip shortages and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • More battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in 2021 than in the previous five years combined, from 2016 to 2020.
  • They were 190,727 registrations of BEVs in 2021, which also accounted for 11.6% of all new car sales. At the same time, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) enjoyed 114,554 registrations, making up 7% of new car sales.
  • It’s not just new cars that saw an influx, as used EVs also enjoyed a record year. In total, 40,228 second-hand EVs were sold, reporting an increase of 119.2%.

EV statistics in 2022.

  • In 2022, 224,919 EVs were sold in the United Kingdom, giving electric vehicles an impressive 15.1% share of the UK’s entire new car market.
  • EV car registrations in the UK increased year-on-year across 2022. For example, in August 2022, EV registrations saw a remarkable 35.4% increase, accounting for one in seven new cars sold.
  • September 2022 also recorded bumper figures, with a massive 38,116 new EV registrations, a 16.5% year-on-year increase compared to 2021.
  • Around 1.7m used electric vehicles were traded in 2022, an impressive figure considering the semiconductor chip issues affecting supplies. 


Unwrapping 2022 and looking forward to EV sales in 2023.

The EV market is expected to accelerate and grow as we move into 2023 and beyond. One major player in this will be the looming 2030 sales ban on diesel and petrol vehicles, a factor which is encouraging more and more drivers to make the jump to an electric vehicle sooner. 

Of course, there’s fantastic infrastructural work to consider, too, with companies such as RAW Charging leading the way in implementing more and more destination and en-route EV charging to support efficient EV travel further. 

With RAW’s free ChargePoint installation via private funding and a continually growing, extensive network, EV drivers can enjoy stress-free travel. RAW Charging focuses on destination locations such as hospitality, workplace and retail, and the property sector. RAW believes that every destination should have reliable EV charging installed.

For the first time, BEV sales eclipsed those of petrol vehicles in December 2022. Experts believe EV sales will continue to grow and outweigh both petrol and diesel vehicles in 2023, with the latter becoming increasingly obsolete as drivers look for cleaner and cheaper fuel alternatives. With this will come an increase in the number of EVs on UK roads and the number of EV car models available to prospective buyers. 

All major players are expected to add to their EV arsenal and tap into the buzz and appeal of an ever-increasing EV market. Notably, Volkswagen is stepping things up with its electric-only ID vehicle range, while Mercedes-Benz is adding more models to the all-electric EQ range’s roster. 

Of course, with this surge in EVs comes an increase in opportunities for businesses and landlords. EV drivers are arriving at your locations in ever-increasing numbers, and once there, they’ll expect to be able to charge their electric vehicles. 

RAW Charging can help you cope with this demand and offers fully-funded charging ownership options. You’ll benefit from free installation, RAW taking care of the operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems, and a share of the revenue. 

Are you looking to prepare for 2023 and beyond with fully-funded EV charging solutions at your commercial premises? Please contact our team for more installation information.


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