This was due to supply chain issues, the automotive trade association suggested.
However, UK production of battery electric (BEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and hybrid (HEV) vehicles showed 9.9% growth and now represents 37.8% of the market. EV exports in general are up 110.4% since 2017, with their value rising from £1.3 bn to £7.9 bn in that period.
“Billions of pounds and thousands of jobs are dependent on the automotive sector and, increasingly, on electrified vehicle production,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “Despite the current challenges, our car makers remain resilient and are well placed to ramp up output of the latest, zero emission vehicles which will help drive an economic recovery, create jobs and boost growth.”