The number of electric cars manufactured in the month of May has increased, according to monthly figures.
Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) reveals increases in plug-in pure and other electric cars, along with hybrid petrol-electric vehicles.
Of the electric vehicle family, only hybrid diesel-electric have decreased – and the number of those manufactured in May 2018 (39) and May 2017 (76) were negligible anyway.
For the other three though, health amounts of vehicles are being manufactured, and this also reflects in the number produced in the year to date.
For plug-in pure electric cars, there was a rise of almost 19% in production in May, when compared to the same time the year before; for plug-in other electric cars, there was a rise of more than 72% in the same time, and in terms of hybrid petrol-electric, the 6,129 cars manufactured in May equates to a 23.7% rise from the figures in May 2017.
In the year to date, there have been 33,952 hybrid petrol-electric cars manufactured – this is 18.3% more than the corresponding time of 2017, while for plug-in other electric cars, the increase in the year to date is 36.2%.
It suggests that there are areas of the car manufacturing market that are performing and once again, displays the environmental change in attitudes, insofar as these vehicles will decrease the level of air pollution throughout the country.
There is a trend of increase in hybrid electric cars, as displayed by April’s figures.
However, the overall picture of the new car market is mixed; in May, there was an increase of 3.4% in car manufacturing. The electric car market contributed 11,240 vehicles to this number – more than 36% more than May 2017 and an increase in market share too.
However, business and fleet production decreased for the month and overall, in the year to date, there has been a drop of almost 7% in car manufacturing.
For electric vehicles though, the market share for the year to date has also grown.