Nissan LEAF in London

Nissan LEAF in London

The UK ended the year 2015 with an all-time record market share of new plug-in electric car registrations.

In December, plug-ins accounted for a little over 1.7% of all registrations!

The number of registrations isn't a new high, which typically occurs in March or September in the UK, but about 3,090 plug-in cars sold in December is still one of the highest (up 44% year-over-year) results for the year.

Interesting is that this time we didn't observe the plug-in hybrid rush - December was very balanced with 1,517 BEVs and 1,573 PHEV.

In the whole of 2015, there were approximately 28,000 new plug-in electric cars registered in the UK compared to over 14,500 in 2014 (some 93% up).

Average market share for the year hit about 1.06%, compared to 0.59% one year ago.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Here is also cumulative registrations outlook, but only since 2013 to 2015 so it doesn't reflect all plug-ins on the roads. Over three years 48,000 were added (most in 2015) out of which 21,500 are all-electric.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

According to official SMMT data, after including hybrids, the market share of AFV increased to 2.8% for the year:

"Alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) demand, meanwhile, grew 40.3%, securing the biggest ever market share of 2.8% for a year. Plug-in hybrids experienced phenomenal growth, with volumes more than doubling, while pure electric vehicles saw an uplift of around 50%."

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the top selling plug-in electric car in the UK with 11,681 registrations in 2015 (up from 5,364 in 2014).

Nissan LEAF is second with 5,236 registrations in 2015 (up by 29%), and third is BMW i3 at 2,213 (up 59%).