SMMT figures reveal that, despite the incredibly tough economic backdrop, UK car makers continue to shift focus towards the latest battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles – technologies that are essential to both cleaner air and net-zero ambitions.
More than one-in-four (26.4%) cars made in April was electrified, equivalent to 16,010 units, up 2.1% on the same month a year ago, boosted by battery electric vehicle output up 38.2% (to 9.9% share).
Overall, UK car production fell -11.3% in April with 60,554 units rolling off factory lines, according to the latest figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The ongoing global shortage of semi-conductors, the impact of the war in Ukraine on supply chains, model changes and broader industry structural changes all contributed to a volatile month’s output.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The UK car industry is exposed to a host of issues that are undermining output and competitiveness. Global chip shortages and supply chain disruption are exacerbated by spiralling energy costs, additional trading costs and slowing global markets.
“The foundations of the sector are strong and the transition to zero and ultra-low emission vehicles continues apace but we need more policies and measures that support manufacturing and encourage investment into the UK at this most challenging of times.”
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