Plug-In Car Sales In UK Set New Market Share Record Of 1.79% In April

MAY 18 2017 BY MARK KANE 5

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)

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.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – April 2017

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5 Comments on "Plug-In Car Sales In UK Set New Market Share Record Of 1.79% In April"

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Mild hybrids up to.

Come on 2% – here we go. I think there are really positive signs coming out of the UK. Even my father, who is in his 70’s, knows someone with a Zoe and is thinking of an EV as his next car. There is also a growing number of fast chargers and public chargers which is making things far easier in terms of thinking about range – if you know every motorway station has a charger it makes life much easier in terms of planning your day.

Very good! Unfortunately the Model 3 Launch will not have a huge impact in the next 2 years or so I guess because Tesla is focusing on the more common right lane markets. But I hope Tesla will bring the left lane Model’s quiet fast too. That would make British/NZ/Australia customers very happy I guess.

…. and Japan, India, South Africa, etc…

LHT (or RHD) account for about a sixth of the world’s area and a quarter of its roads.

So come on Tesla otherwise Jaguar, Audi and Mercedes will get a foothold.

Surely one of the real benefits of an electric platform SHOULD be the ease with which to make LHD and RHD – but no legacy attitudes persist.

Agree but Tesla do bring out their RHD models reasonably quickly, it is GM with the BOLT that is missing the RHD market.
But it looks like GM worldwide share is getting smaller by the week.