Plug-In Car Sales In UK Climbing To 1.4% Market Share In February

MAR 16 2016 BY MARK KANE 7

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Pretty encouraging plug-in electric car sales results are now coming from the UK, where EVs reached its second highest market share ever in February – up to 1.41%, compared to 0.95% year ago.

In total 1,176 plug-ins were registered (up 62% year-over-year).

The UK market is currently dominated by plug-in hybrids (lead by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV), which are fueled by changes (decreases) to the Plug-In Car Grant.

937 plug-in hybrids were registered last month compared to just 239 pure electric cars.

The big bump of plug-in car sales in UK is still just ahead, as March is one of the best sales month in the year. One year ago over 6,000 were netted!

With over 3,000 plug-ins delivered in the first two months, and orders taken for 16,000 more (11,000 in February), we are awaiting something truly special!

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – February2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – February 2016

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7 Comments on "Plug-In Car Sales In UK Climbing To 1.4% Market Share In February"

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It’ll be interesting to see how the change in incentives affect the market. I can’t see the LEAF or the Outlander feeling the change all that dramatically as the Leaf will only loose 500 pounds worth of incentive and the Outlander is really being pushed by the benefit in kind tax laws which are not changing. May be we’ll see a shift to more i3’s with out REX’s which will now be 2,000 more expensive just in incentives.

It’s a bit tough to understand what the UK government is doing, its all tax breaks for oil companies and talk of a zero emission future. They talk tough on the EU and then campaign to stay in. Renewable energy is too expensive so lets invest in the more expensive options (including nuclear). Politics, I just don’t get it.

Corruption is the only explanation that makes sense. Few politicians act in the public interest.

I thought it a good news until I saw BEV numbers. Ugh!

It’s still good news even though the BEV numbers are standing still.

PHEVs are what will make the big change for the next 5-10 years.

It’s great that we can electrify a lot even before BEVs are ready for the massmarket.

Well the Mitz Outlander PHEV is doing great. And there are lots of European compliance PHEVs now.

The pure EV sector is in a lull because all eyes are looking toward the Chevy Bolt, Tesla Model 3, and eventual improved LEAF.

Nice . . . breaking the 1% barrier. The USA needs to do that.

Heavier taxation of the non-plugin cars is the recipe. In Norway the plugin market share last month was approx. 40 %.