Nearly 37,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In UK In 2016, Up Almost 30%

10 months ago by Mark Kane 9

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2016

As we predicted a month ago, the longest uninterrupted period of plug-in electric car sales growth in UK was threatened in November, and finally ended in December.

Plug-in electric cars in UK

Plug-in electric cars in UK

New registrations decreased by about 5% year-over-year to 2,964.

  • 1,158 BEVs (down 23.7%)
  • 1,806 PHEVs (up 12.5%)

The market share however reached its seond highest level at nearly 1.7%. The average for the year was just below 1.35%.

Overall, 2016 ends in UK with 36,907 new registrations (up 28.6% year-over-year), still a solid response.

  • 10,264 BEVs (up 3.3%)
  • 26,643 PHEVs (up 41.9%)

It’s now time to focus on 2017 and hopefully charge through a market share of 2% and beyond.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2016

Bonus: 5 DC fast chargers at taxi company in UK:

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9 responses to "Nearly 37,000 Plug-In Electric Cars Were Sold In UK In 2016, Up Almost 30%"

  1. TimG says:

    Personally I am waiting on a 60kwh Leaf as leaked in the press before I buy a plug-in car.
    Made in Sunderland for good measure.

    1. William says:

      Good to wait. Looks like it could be a while. The 2017 30 kWh Leaf is ok for some, but anything less than the GM Bolts range (200+/mi.), seems like a bit of a let down. Leasing a 2016 30 kWh Leaf SV currently. It’s a Good Value, but it is 1/2 a Bolt, when it come to range.

      1. Martin Winlow says:

        Except, of course, that even the existing LEAF’s range (~80 real world miles) would be enough for about 80% of car owners globally.

        I seems inevitable to me that once the majority of people own a real EV (ie not a hybrid) which, it appears is only going to happen once they can all do at least 200 miles to a charge, the pendulum will start swinging back to much lower range EVs – once everyone realises they don’t need 200 miles of range but especially when their new 100 mile EV costs 30% less to buy. But it will be interesting to see.

        1. Drew says:

          I agree. I think we’ll see a ~175 mile range Bolt in 1-2 years for about $30,000 pre credit. Especially likely if Chevy uses up their $7,500 credit in the US quickly.

          I’d personally love that. I have a 82 mile daily commute, and I’d feel pretty good with 125 miles of range in the least optimal conditions (highway at 0* F).

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          Competition between PEVs is already driving longer ranges and higher capacity battery packs. I can’t imagine why you think that will change as PEVs become more popular.

          The place for smaller battery packs is in short-ranged NEVs and motorized quadricycles. Not in highway-capable, street-legal cars.

  2. Miggy says:

    It is a real shame that the UK won’t be getting the GM BOLT.

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      …nor Australia, nor Hong Kong, nor any other right-hand drive region. 🙁

      Let us hope that the Bolt shows strong sales, and that in future years of production GM expands its overseas shipments, including right-hand-drive units!

      1. John says:

        RHD is ridiculous! 😀

        1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          The Pacific island nation of Samoa recently decided otherwise. 🙂

          http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1920427,00.html