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