In October, the production of electric cars in the UK grew by a fifth

UK electric vehicle (EV) production continues to grow, with volumes up by more than a fifth as domestic car production returned to growth in October, according to the latest industry figures released today.

Carmakers produced more than 24,000 electric vehicles last month – including battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrids – an increase of more than 20 percent compared to September, trade body SMMT said today.

It means British carmakers have produced a record 61,300 battery electric vehicles in 2022 to date, more than 16 percent more than the same period last year, as demand for zero-emission models continues to grow.

It follows a number of new milestones in the development of the UK battery car sector, which set a new record for exports in September when one in seven cars exported from the UK was pure electric. Domestic sales are also growing, to date, there are over a million connected cars registered in the UKas much as a quarter of which has been sold since January alone.

However, despite the positive growth figures for electric vehicles, the UK car and battery sector still faces significant economic and supply chain challenges as the economy is already in recession and trade with Europe and beyond has fallen since Brexit.

The UK has struggled to establish a reliable domestic supply chain for key components such as electric car batteries and semiconductors.

In particular, battery start-up BritishVolt has faced significant financial challenges as it plans to build the UK’s first electric car battery “gigafactory” in Northumberland.

British electric van specialist Arrival also faced cash flow problems as it sought to increase its production capacity in response to rising demand, with reports today suggesting that the firm’s billionaire founder and CEO will step down. Denis Sverdlov, who remains a major shareholder in the business, is set to take over as chairman after being replaced as CEO by former Marvel Entertainment chief Peter Cuneo.

Nasdaq-listed Arrival has been forced to abandon plans to manufacture electric vans and buses in the UK in recent months, shifting its focus to the US as it grapples with cash flow problems.

Meanwhile, according to SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes, ongoing supply chain turbulence has also hit the car industry as a whole, which in turn threatens to hold back the growth of Britain’s electric vehicle sector.

“Britain’s car manufacturers are doing everything they can to ramp up production of the latest electrified vehicles and help achieve net zero, but a more enabling environment for investment is needed and urgently needed – particularly in affordable and sustainable energy and talent – as part of the underpinnings for the automotive industry.” – he said.

The government says it is investing billions of pounds in developing Britain’s electric vehicle supply chain and charging network, which has helped boost demand for electric vehicles.

However, industry insiders remain disappointed that a number of leading car companies have decided to locate new electric car production lines in Europe. The government’s decision to cut grants for new electric cars and last week’s announcement by the Treasury that vehicle excise duty would be imposed on electric cars from 2025 have also drawn criticism, with campaigners stressing that UK electric car adoption is lagging behind neighboring markets. such as Germany, the Netherlands and Norway.

In related news, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today confirmed that the Metropolitan Ultra Low Emission Zone, which charges older and more polluting vehicles, is to be extended across the city.

From August 29 next year, drivers of the most polluting cars will have to pay £12.50 a day to enter Greater London, according to the plans.

“The ULEZ has been transformative so far, cutting harmful pollution levels by almost half in central London,” Khan said. “But there is still too much toxic air pollution that is permanently damaging the health of young Londoners and leading to thousands of premature deaths every year, with the greatest number of deaths occurring in outlying areas of London.”

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