The ongoing global shortage of computer chips is being attributed to new car registrations in the UK, which fell to their lowest level in more than 20 years in September.
Industry trade body Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said a total of 215,312 cars are registered.
This was a drop of 34.4 per cent in the Covid-affected September 2020 and the lowest figure since 1998.
“Supply issues are affecting the industry due to semiconductor shortages,” SMMT said in a statement.
Semiconductors are used in chips and circuit boards and are used in everything from mobile phones to computers.
They are also used in cars and are important for running digital displays and stability control systems.
The shortage of semiconductors is being blamed for the decline in car production
Despite having a rough year for the car industry as a whole, registrations for electric vehicles have increased.
There were more than 32,000 electric cars entered into the database in a single month in September – almost the same as the 37,850 electric cars registered throughout 2019 -.
Electric car maker Tesla’s Model 3 was the best-selling car in September 2021, with 6,879 vehicles purchased by UK customers.
Vauxhall’s Corsa was second with 5,235 and BMW’s 3 Series was third with 4,788.
SMMT Chief Executive Mike Howes said: “This is a very disappointing September and further evidence of the ongoing impact of the COVID pandemic on the region. Despite strong demand for new vehicles in the summer, supplies have been at a standstill for three months. Due to low semiconductor availability, especially from Asia.
“Nevertheless, manufacturers are taking all possible measures to maintain deliveries and customers can expect attractive offers on a range of new vehicles. Despite these challenges, the demand for plug-in vehicles, especially battery electric cars, is increasing. The growing demand reflects the growing demand for these new vehicle technologies.”
He added: “However, to meet our collective decarbonization ambitions, we need to ensure that all drivers can make the switch – not just those with private driveways – requiring massive investment in public recharging infrastructure. Chargepoint rolls out -Out must keep pace with acceleration in plug-in vehicle registration.
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