All-Electric Car Sales In UK Doubled Again In February 2019

MAR 7 2019 BY MARK KANE 13

Demand for pure electric cars is now higher than supply

Positive news comes from the UK where the plug-in car market expanded in February by 36% to 2,104 at a decent 2.6% market share.

Results are quite encouraging in the “quietest month of the year ahead of crucial March plate change”, as plug-in hybrids managed to note small growth. The serious increase was made by all-electric cars, which moved up by more than 100% for the second month in a row.

  • 731 BEVs (up 106% year-over-year)
  • 1,373 PHEVs (up 15.4% year-over-year)

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in the UK – February 2019

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) complains that the increase is not high but until new models (with decent supply) will not hit the British market we should be satisfied, especially that WLTP and changes in Plug-In Car Grant wiped out many PHEVs.

“Meanwhile, in the four months since the October 2018 reform to the Plug-in Car Grant, the market for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) has only grown by 1.7%, compared with 29.5% over the first 10 months of 2018.1 This suggests that removing the incentive for PHEVs is having an adverse effect.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:

It’s encouraging to see market growth in February, albeit marginal, especially for electrified models. Car makers have made huge commitments to bring to market an ever-increasing range of exciting zero and ultra low emission vehicles and give buyers greater choice. These cars still only account for a fraction of the overall market, however, so if the UK is to achieve its electrification ambitions, a world-class package of incentives and infrastructure is needed. The recent removal of the plug-in car grant from plug-in hybrids was a backward step and sends entirely the wrong message. Supportive, not punitive measures are needed, else ambitions will never be realised.

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Hope people will soon stop buying PHEVS and go for BEVs instead. The Model 3 should help to achieve that.

Model 3 deliveries seem to have boosted the BEV number for Feb, and March may just surpass PHEVs if Tesla can get enough delivered. With Model 3, the PHEV number should drop as more opt to buy a Model 3 BEV, along with a reduction in ICE sales as well.

I do wish Tesla would give the Model 3 a small grille like the S, so it’s not so ‘generic’ at the front.

Err…. There are NO, repeat NO RHD Model 3’s shipping to customers in the UK.
This market gain was achieved without the Model 3

A valid point.

When are they supposed to come to the UK?

July-August 2019

As soon as UK peoples drive on the right side.

There was a little battle in the U.K. between Leaf and the Mitsubishi PHEV. Annoyingly the Mitsubishi got a pretty decent plug in car grant for not much electric range which ate into the kitty dramatically cutting the amount left for full EVs (conspiracy theories anyone). Thankfully that’s stopped now and only full EVs get the grant albeit less than before.

The story at the time was that plug in hybrids were being bought for such as company fleets with absolutely no intention that they were ever likely to be plugged in – the grant was purely seen as “oh good, we can get a car a bit cheaper”. Story at the time was that in many cases the cars were coming up for resale with the charge cables still in original packaging.

Given that, and an increasing number of overall sales it did (unfortunately) make sense to restrict a limited pot to ZEV. I do have a great deal of sympathy with those private buyers who genuinely intended to use a plug in hybrid as intended – with much electric use – but unfortunately they are having to suffer thanks to the actions of others.

Waiting for the email to order, been in the M3 queue since 31st March 2016. Hoping for July delivery a lovely birthday present to myself blue awd. So exciting 😀😀😀

I really don’t get what the reasoning behind people who down vote posts like this one. Nothing controversial was said, just that you are excited. Is it that someone is against the happiness of others?

Any numbers for the individual models? Surely the I-Pace and Kona alone didn’t double the market.

The monthly numbers aren’t publicly available (I’m quite surprised that no-one leaks them as happens in many other industries). Quarterly numbers do get released, but with quite a delay, so generally don’t get reported as they’re several months out of date.