Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Exceed 2.6% Market Share In May

JUN 12 2018 BY MARK KANE 13

Sales of plug-in electric cars in the UK continue to increase for the 13th consecutive month in May, reaching the second highest market share ever of 2.63% of new registrations.

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In total, 5,072 new plug-ins were registered, which is 57% more than one year ago:

  • 1,099 BEVs (up 18.7 percent year-over-year)
  • 3,973 PHEVs (up 72.7 percent year-over-year)

The disproportion between PHEVs and BEVs is quite significant on the British market (see graph on the bottom). The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most common plug-in model with share of 15% of all plug-ins in the UK.

After the first five months of 2018, sales exceeded 23,000 (up 22.6%) at an average of over 2.1% share. Not bad compared to over 34,000 conventional hybrids, which grew by roughly 18%.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2018

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2018

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2018

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13 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Exceed 2.6% Market Share In May"

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Nonbiker

Pathetic numbers. Should be 20x that.

Ifer

52%? Pathetic…

dan

Do you always pick the latest Elon tweet as your username? Till yesterday, your username was likely flamethrower, which would be a more appropriate name for a troll!

Benz

March and September are the two months with the significanty better sales numbers (compared to the other ten months of the year).

Ziv

If the Buick cute ute BEV ever shows up in the UK (doubtful at best), it will give the 200+ mile Leaf to be a good competitor in the sub-£30k class. But there aren’t any really good options right now ( or within the next year, other than the soon to be delivered longer range Leaf) in the UK other than the “too expensive for most of us” Model 3.
I have been following electric cars fairly closely since 2007 and have been driving my Volt for 5 years now. I find it hard to believe how few good options there are under $40k US.

dan

Buick’s largest market is China, followed by North America. They don’t sell in Europe.

Ziv

I thought Vauxhall sold the Buick Encore/Opel Mokka in the UK?

randomhuman

Yea the Opel Mokka is very well known in Germany as an elederly people car. But I never heard of the Buick name. Now we know it’s the same. But those models will soon be changed because they’re moving to Peugeot technology. After all GM sold Opel. So Americans are out in Europe except for Tesla.

eject

Ford?

Ziv

Ford is the 4th largest car maker in Europe. VW sells way more vehicles, and PSA (which includes Opel) and Renault are a bit bigger, but Ford has a solid 7% of the market.

wavelet

“f the Buick cute ute BEV ever shows up in the UK” Did you forget? GM recently pulled out of Europe completely, and sold Opel/Vauxhaul to PSA. Even before that, I’m not sure Buicks were sold in the UK, being LHD.

Chris O

“Plug-in electric cars”? All EVs have plugs or they wouldn’t be EVs by any meaningful definition.

Derek

Wonder what the US’s percentage is…my guess is 1.5%.