British Plug-In Market Increased By 19% In October, More Sales Help Coming Soon

NOV 6 2016 BY MARK KANE 2

Plug-in electric car sales in UK have increased every month in 2016 … and October was no different.

The number of new registrations grew by 19% during the month to 2,248.

Renault ZOE Z.E.40

Renault ZOE Z.E.40

Breaking down the numbers:

  • 394 BEVs (down 43%)
  • 1,854 PHEVs (up 55%).

The downward sales trend on the BEV side of sales in the UK will probably will take a bit longer to rectify (well, at least a month or so) as new models with longer ranges tend to take a little longer to arrive in the right-hand drive market – such as the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 and BMW i3 33 kWh.

Although we should note Tesla has been running a whack (technical term) of RHD production starting from the end of September into October, which we expect to see goose (another technical term) BEV sales with their arrival in the UK for December.

Overall, the total market share for plug-ins increased in October to 1.25% (compared to 1.06% year ago), which means that 1 in 80 new vehicle sales come with a plug.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2016

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I’ll be really interested to see how the new Zoe 40 sells once it is available in decent numbers. From what I have seen it is priced right around the same point as the Leaf 30 kWh and Renault are still offering the smaller 22 kWh battery version. Conventional wisdom on this site says that no one should buy the lower capacity Zoe or 30 kWh Leaf with the smaller battery packs and everyone should flock to the Zoe 40. It will be interesting to see if this is what happens or if there are still people who purchase the lower capacity vehicles.

Prices are now in for the ZOE 40, and they’re not bad:

http://fuelincluded.com/2016/11/pcp-prices-for-new-200-mile-renault-zoe/

I think it could be a really big seller.