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Semiconductor availability still impacting new car market

06 October 2021

Peter Barnes, partner and Head of Automotive at global legal business DWF, comments on the SMMT's new car registration figures, released today. 

He said: 

"The UK new car market has recorded the most disappointing September since 1998, with 215,312 cars registered in the month, a -34.4% fall on September 2020. Despite a resurgence over the past few months, worldwide semiconductor availability has certainly impacted the market overall. 

"However, whilst the nation faced queues at the fuel pumps, September was perhaps unsurprisingly the best month ever for new battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake, with 32,721 BEVs taking to the road in the month. Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) share also grew to 6.4%, meaning more than one in five new cars registered in September was zero-emission capable. 

"With electric vehicles having driven the market in September, the industry must make sure that the charge point infrastructure is keeping pace, particularly when user demand will naturally see individuals using their vehicles for longer and longer journeys."

If you require any further information, please contact Peter Barnes.

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