The output of cars in the UK in May increased by 13.3% to 62,284 thousand cars compared to 54,962 thousand in the same month last year, according to data from the Society of Manufacturers and Sellers of Cars (SMMT).

Car production in May increased for the first time in the last eleven months, but this is due to a low comparison base.

Production is still below the pre-pandemic level (46.3% less than in May 2019) due to disruptions in logistics chains, increased economic uncertainty, rising costs and the impact of the conflict in Ukraine on supplies, the SMMT said.

For the domestic market, 11,134 thousand cars were produced last month (an increase of 39.5% in annual comparison), for export – 51.15 thousand (an increase of 8.9%).

Thus, over 82% of the cars produced in the UK were exported. The main destination is the countries of the European Union, where about six out of every ten cars are delivered. Shipments to the United States collapsed by 35.4% due to the closure of a factory in Swindon, which produced products for the American market.

Electric vehicles accounted for 22.6% of cars produced in Britain in May, compared with 19.3% in the same month last year. At the same time, their output has more than doubled.

“Any recovery will be gradual, as supply chains remain volatile, business costs are volatile, and geopolitical instability is still very real,” said SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes.

In January-May, car production in the country fell by 23.2% compared to the same period last year – to 330,185 thousand. Including output for the domestic market decreased by 4.5%, for export – by 26.9%.