Plug-In Electric Car Registrations Up 27% In UK In 2017

JAN 26 2018 BY MARK KANE 24

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2017

The British plug-in electric vehicle market closed 2017 on a high note, as market share in December reached an all-time record of 2.9%!

Half of the success lies in the growth of EVs, while the other half is in the dwindling car market in general (-14.4% last month).

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2017

In total, 4,426 new plug-ins were registered in December (up 49% year-over-year):

  • 964 BEVs (down 17 percent year-over-year)
  • 3,462 PHEVs (up 92 percent year-over-year)

For comparison, diesel car sales decreased by more than 31% in December!

Around 47,263 new plug-in cars were registered in 2017 at average of 1.86%. Growth for the period amounted more than 27% – not bad when the market overall decreased by 5.7%.

  • 13,597 BEVs (up 33.5 percent year-over-year)
  • 33,666 PHEVs (up 25.5 percent year-over-year)

The plug-in fleet in the UK now exceeds 130,000 (new registrations since 2013).

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2017

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2017

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There are a lot of people over here holding onto older cars become of mistrust of the government following the U turn in Diesel. Many believe that EVs are a conspiracy to get us to buy a new clean car to then be told it’s bad and get taxed.
Hopefully us Brit’s will realise that EVs are not a con but the real McCoy.

@ Mark Kane

“The plug-in fleet in the UK now exceeds 130,000 (new registrations since 2013).”

Which Plug-In models have the highest share of those 130,000+ Plug-In fleet?

The Outlander PHEV holds the top spot by a country mile. The Leaf the second spot by a country mile. And then there are a number of models fighting for third spot.

UK Top Five for 2017
1 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
2 BMW 330e
3 Nissan Leaf
4 BMW i3
5 Mercedes C350e

Britain has shutdown the last coal fired plant last year and they have very little oil fired generation.

That means all the electricity generated is from cleaner natgas or nuclear or renewable energy. This gives more incentive for someone to buy an electric vehicle.

With the country being an island, no one is going to drive outside their island, so the country should rapidly install a charging station near every petrol station and also in every parking lot, store, office and encourage everyone to buy at least a PHV.

They still have a few coal plants. Coal power is down, but still far from gone.

And natural gas is barely better.

Driving outside the island is easy and pretty popular. The Euro tunnel is not going to waste.

Besides, there is a plan for a bridge over the “channel”…

There’s is no “plan” for a Bridge One especially idiotic politician mentioned it and it’s less likely than Trunos wall.
Coal is nearly done and will be gone by 2025 latest and handful of stations left.

The numbers for BEVs are very low and to me disappointing. Availability, low range and high prices the barriers, probably in that order.
Range should stop being an issue in about 2 years time.
After that availability will likely be the main gating factor since there aren’t enough for everyone so high prices won’t be a drag on sales until there are enough batteries. I’d guess that’s 5 years off.

Natural gas produces half the emissions of coal. I call that significantly better.

You mean like the significant difference between Hitlers up to 42 million deaths caused and Stalins up to 60 million deaths caused….

It would be, except everything leaks. The methane leaks kill most of the advantage of natural gas.

Absolutely true! Biggest leak in good ol’ U S of A…

Well technically you can have your car transported across the Chunnel in a train, or you can take a ferry. People do drive between the UK and Europe and vice versa, and also from the UK to Ireland. However, you’re probably right that for the most part the cars end up stranded on the island.

I cant understand why the figures for EV use aren’t much higher!
Petrol/diesel prices have been rising steadily of late here in the UK.

I filled up this morning £1.24/litre, £5.64/$8.00 for a UK gallon.

Most likely because the difference when buying the car is still to big and there are long ques for the popular models and there are still few models offered so it’s hard to find the car for you.

Waiting lines. . .
A friend of mine wanted an E-golf, and a little E-up for his wife.
Turns out there is a 1 year waiting line for the E-Golf, and 8-9 month on the E-up…
So they bought a used Leaf and a Soul insted.
In the end of this year, they might just as well wait in line for an I.D that will be at dealers in December.
I think the new Leaf will sell sell everywhere.

I’m am very keen to get an EV here in the UK. What is holding me back is limited range, price and choice.

My ideal car will be LEAF size, DC fast charging, 60kWh battery with about 225 miles of range as a minimum. I have basically specced the 2019 LEAF (all be it not a pretty car) so I will wait for those 2019 models to be 3-4 years old so I can afford it 2nd hand. So lets say 2023 before I can sensibly get into an EV.

I’ve had trouble convincing my missus to go full EV for our next car but she’s got some misguided views on BEV’s and wont budge.

As both of us will be driving it it’s a joint decision so we’ve come to a compromise and opted for a Kia Niro hybrid.

It was the only model that ticked most of the boxes.

2020 looks like it will be a really exciting time for EV’s there will be a lot more choice to choose from.

Not even the plugin hybrid?

Sadly no, It was outside of my budget by over £5000.

Hmm…. The hybrid at £23k and the PHEV at £30k. But the PHEV should get the £4,5k plugin grant bringing it down to £25,5k

And gas savings would take at least another £3-4k of the total cost.

If you were in London on a regular basis the congestion charge would make an even bigger difference.

And what about yearly taxes, any difference there?

You know your life best, but for almost everyone the PHEV would be cheaper in total than the hybrid.

Plus resale value would be higher.

I’d be very happy to know where the economics went wrong for you if you don’t mind sharing. It’s always great to get practical examples, especially when they contradict the general theory.

From what I remember the Kia Niro PHEV Cars are in category two which must emit no more than 50g/km of CO2 and should be able to travel between 10 and 69 miles in electric-only mode. These cars will all come with a discount of up to 35 per cent of the car’s value, or £2,500, whichever is less.

Price £27,995 (after government plug-in grant of £2500)

The Kia soul EV would be in catagory one where the full £4500 would be applicable.

No as for cities I don’t go anywhere near them especially London.

The Niro hybrid has a £90 VED yearly tax band.

The price of the Niro Hybrid was at the very top end of our budget.

Thank you very much 🙂 So a bit more incentives and taxation would be needed to really push the needle and get things rolling.

Unfortunately for you, GM has completely abandoned both the right-hand drive market and the worlds largest auto market in the European market or their Bolt/Ampera E would have been perfect for you.