2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV approaching

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV approaching

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains the best selling plug-in car in the UK according to latest RAC Foundation report on plug-in car grant claims.

The Japanese plug-in hybrid, through the end of June, noted 12,066 registrations out of 35,241 total. That's more than one third of all plug-ins sold in the UK.

The ratio in Q2 was even higher - 41% (2,293 out of 5,568).

With the newly refreshed, 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV coming, things become even more exciting.

Here are some interesting comments from Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation:

“The march of Mitsubishi continues with the latest data showing the Outlander plug-in hybrid extending its lead over the Nissan Leaf as the most popular ultra-green car in the UK.

“The success of the Outlander looks to be down to three things: a high-profile advertising campaign, good range, and probably most importantly competitive pricing which makes it as affordable to buy as the diesel equivalent.

“But that price is dependent on the government grant. Ultimately all ultra-green cars will have to stack up commercially when the grants are withdrawn. What ministers must ensure is that both consumers and manufacturers have a clear idea of when and how the scheme will come to an end.

“The interesting question is whether Mitsubishi are making money from this model or using it as a loss leader to gain market share and drive out competitors.

“It is worth noting that the growth in the number of ultra-low carbon vehicles on the road slowed significantly in the latest quarter compared with the previous. This is probably due to seasonal variations in car buying volumes but industry and ministers will be keeping a keen eye on the trends to make sure demand isn’t stalling.”

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF is second best with 9,310 total registrations. With the arrival of the new 30 kWh model, LEAF could see a surge in sales too.

BMW i3 and Renault ZOE are fighting for third place this year.

Tesla, at #7, moved 144 Model S in Q2, just behind the clearance sell-off of what was left of the Vauxhall Ampera.

"Overall, at the end of Q2 2015 there were 35,241 vehicles on the road in the UK that were eligible for the grants, a rise of 19% on the Q1 2015 figure of 29,673. But this is down from the 38% growth during the previous quarter.

To put these numbers in perspective, in the UK there are 30.9m cars and 3.7m vans. Therefore those vehicles licensed and eligible for the plug-in car and van grants make up 0.1% of the total: roughly 1 in every 1,000."

UK’s Top 20 Plug-In Electric Cars

Rank Make and Model Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2014

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants)

12066

9773

5273

2

Nissan Leaf

9310

8274

6838

3

BMW i3

2484

2186

1534

4

Renault Zoe

2062

1621

1356

5

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

1439

1395

1324

6

Vauxhall Ampera

1250

1226

1169

7

Tesla Model S

1047

903

698

8

BMW i8

823

546

279

9

Renault Kangoo ZE

719

693

663

10

Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)

705

518

399

11

Audi A3 e-tron

570

300

66

12

Peugeot Ion

368

376

368

13

Volkswagen Golf GTE

350

4

0

14

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

336

301

241

15

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

299

275

232

16

Mitsubishi i-Miev

252

254

266

17

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

215

216

205

18

Citroen C-Zero

205

206

202

19

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

138

76

14

20

Chevrolet Volt

125

123

124

Plug-in car grant claims

Plug-in car grant claims

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