British Plug-In Electric Car Market Barely Up In February

MAR 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 6

Plug-in electric car sales in the UK took a break from growth in February as only a minor 6.7% increase was noted last month at 1.9% market share.

It seems that consumers await new all-electric cars. We assumes that most of the European LEAFs went to Norway, and this is why BEV sales plunged in the UK due to a LEAF shortage.

In total, 1,543 new plug-in were registered at 1.9% market share.

  • 355 BEVs (down 26.5 percent year-over-year)
  • 1,190 PHEVs (up 23,3 percent year-over-year)

Overall, British car sales decreased by 2.8% in February (diesel models we’re down significantly).

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In March, there will be the usual increase in demand due  to plate-change, so hopefully a new EV record will be set.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – February 2018

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“In March, there will be the usual increase in demand due to plate-change, so hopefully a new EV record will be set.”

That implies people were holding back but much more likely the flat sales are simply down to paucity of supply. People can’t buy them if they don’t make them.

Motorists in the UK are very sceptical of being encouraged to buy electric after the U-turn on diesel.
With diesel once being seen as a solution and wide spread ignorance about EVs change will take time.

Considering car-sales overall are down (of all types), it’s not that significant.

All we can say is that growth is not anywhere near ‘taking off’ yet.

Growth of EVs that is.

The take-off will probably not occur until 2019 or 2020.

I image most people will delay getting their new leaf until they can get a new licence plate too.

What do we buy? Everything has at least 6 – 12 month wait. Ionic 9 months, Zoe 9 months, new Leaf has charging problems, soonest I can get one is September. Tesla M3 still a year or two. This has nothing to do with number plates. Just as demand is increasing supply is non existent. If anyone wants an EV in the UK, used is the only sensible option. Not sure if this is due to battery supply problems but can’t see it getting better for quite a while.