EV adoption rockets in South West and North West

Regional adoption of EVs

Published:  27 May, 2021


The North West and South West of England adopted EVs faster than any other UK regions in 2020 with an 293% and 237% increases respectively, new figures show.

According to the DVLA data, which has been assessed by Leasing Options, across the whole country, EV registrations were up 125% year-on-year in 2020 with 181,090 bought, compared with 80,578 in 2019. In comparison, the increase 2018-2019 was 26%.

While the South West saw the slowest uptake in 2019, it has shot to the top of the list by registering the 3rd highest number of any region in 2020, and now has the second most EVs in the UK in total. In fact, they have the highest number of EV’s per 100,000 people in the whole of the country.

The South East and West Midlands rank second and third with more than 1,000 EVs per 100,000 people. At the bottom of the list is Wales and the North East which both have less than 300 EVs per 100,000 people.

Commenting on the findings, Mike Thompson from Leasing Options said: “At Leasing Options we have continued to see massive year on year growth within our electric division and as a management team we are keen to continue to track the growth of EV adoption across the country. However, it is clear from our research that this growth is not being seen evenly across the board. Only a few regions are driving the EV revolution forward. As a Manchester-based business we’re proud to see the fastest growth in EV adoption coming from our region.”

EV registrations - percentage per region

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