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Record acceleration in UK electric car sales is likely to be confined to London and south-east England without a significant increase in street charging across the country, the industry trade group has warned. automobile.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, more electric cars were registered in 2021 than in the previous five years, while one in four new cars sold in the UK in December was battery-powered.

But while 20 percent of electric car sales were in London and the south-east, Wales and the north of England accounted for less than 10 percent.

Mike Hawes, managing director of SMMT, said the supply of on-street charging was “much slower” than the growth in electric car sales, which nearly doubled from 108,000 in 2020 to 191,000 in a year. last, accounting for 11.6% of all sales during the year.

While the “early adopters” in the South East were generally wealthier with driveways, many people need to charge their cars on the street. “There is concern that infrastructure is one of the biggest barriers for people considering this type of purchase,” Hawes said. “We need the entire UK car population to make this change. We don’t want this to become a north-south problem.

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