Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – April 2017

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – April 2017

Here is a bit of an odd story on what is a new record EV market share in the UK last month.

Plug-in electric car sales in UK actually decreased in April by 5% to 2,716, but as the overall market shrunk by nearly 20%, the market share for plug-ins hit a new record of 1.79%.

So...good news?  We think so.

Plug-in electric cars in UK (Go Ultra Low)

Plug-in electric cars in UK (Go Ultra Low)

The big drop in general sales is explained by the effects of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) changes, which in April makes having a car more expensive, especially those that pollute the most - hence the stronger sales for plug-ins...relatively speaking.

For the month, all-electric car sales increased, while plug-in hybrids decreased by a similar amount:

  • 668 BEVs (up 15 percent year-over-year)
  • 2,048 PHEVs (down 10 percent year-over-year)
After four months, UK notes nearly 14,700 new plug-in cars, and average market share of 1.5%. The total plug-in fleet now exceeds 100,000.