Tesla’s Model 3 is the second most popular new car in the UK in 2021

The Tesla Model 3 was taken on May 16, 2019 in London, England.

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London-According to data released on Thursday, the number of new battery electric vehicles registered in the UK last year reached a record 190,727, of which Tesla’s Model 3 is the best-selling battery electric vehicle.

According to data from the Association of Automobile Manufacturers and Traders, this car is the second most popular new car after the Vauxhall Corsa.

Model 3 is an all-electric car. In the UK, Tesla’s listed cash price is £44,490 (approximately US$60,202). According to Vauxhall, the five-door gasoline version of the Corsa starts at £17,380.

In a press release on Thursday, SMMT described 2021 as “the most successful year in the history of electric vehicles.” It stated that there are more new battery electric vehicles registered in 2021 than in the previous five years combined.

In the past 12 months, 114,554 new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles were on the road, and 147,246 hybrid electric vehicles were registered. Plug-in hybrid vehicles can be refilled normally, or they can be plugged in for charging. There is no plug-in charging option for hybrid electric vehicles.

Although the data on electric vehicles looks promising, the overall market is full of challenges.

SMMT said that the number of new car registrations in 2021 will be slightly less than 1.65 million, a year-on-year increase of only 1%. “These figures highlight the continuing impact of Covid and semiconductor shortages on the industry,” it said.

Commenting on the data, Mike Hawes, the chief executive of SMMT, said that this was “another extremely disappointing year for the automotive industry”, adding that Covid continues to “cast a shadow on any recovery.”

“Manufacturers continue to deal with countless challenges, including stricter trade arrangements, accelerated technological changes, and most importantly, the global semiconductor shortage is reducing supply,” he said.

Hawes said that the increase in the use of electric vehicles is an “undeniable bright spot,” and then continued to emphasize the importance of infrastructure and cost.

“Recently reduced incentives and household charging subsidies should be reversed,” he said. “We need to promote the introduction of public street charging in accordance with the stated goals, and provide every driver with a guarantee that they can charge, no matter where they live, they want to. Where and when you want it.”

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Britain wants Stop selling new diesel and gasoline cars and trucks by 2030. From 2035, it will require zero exhaust emissions from all new cars and trucks.

The task is arduous, and the industry is still dominated by vehicles using fossil fuels. In 2021, the market share of newly registered gasoline vehicles was 46.3%, while the market share of diesel vehicles was 8.2%.

In eliminating the worry about mileage or worrying that electric vehicles will not be able to travel long distances without losing power and getting into trouble, strengthening the charging infrastructure in the next few years will be crucial.

Although infrastructure is critical, the range of electric vehicles has also begun to increase. Tesla said its Model S Plaid has an estimated range of 396 miles, while Lucid said its Air Dream Edition R has a range of 520 miles.

on Monday, Daimler Released details of a concept electric car, which is said to have It can travel more than 1,000 kilometers (approximately 621 miles) on a single charge. The German car giant stated that the mileage data is “preliminary, based on digital simulations under actual traffic conditions.”