Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Set Record Market Share Of 1.7% In December


Obligatory Shot Of Nissan LEAF In Front Of European Landmark

Nissan LEAF in London

The UK ended the year 2015 with an all-time record market share of new plug-in electric car registrations.

In December, plug-ins accounted for a little over 1.7% of all registrations!

The number of registrations isn’t a new high, which typically occurs in March or September in the UK, but about 3,090 plug-in cars sold in December is still one of the highest (up 44% year-over-year) results for the year.

Interesting is that this time we didn’t observe the plug-in hybrid rush – December was very balanced with 1,517 BEVs and 1,573 PHEV.

In the whole of 2015, there were approximately 28,000 new plug-in electric cars registered in the UK compared to over 14,500 in 2014 (some 93% up).

Average market share for the year hit about 1.06%, compared to 0.59% one year ago.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Here is also cumulative registrations outlook, but only since 2013 to 2015 so it doesn’t reflect all plug-ins on the roads. Over three years 48,000 were added (most in 2015) out of which 21,500 are all-electric.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – December 2015

According to official SMMT data, after including hybrids, the market share of AFV increased to 2.8% for the year:

“Alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) demand, meanwhile, grew 40.3%, securing the biggest ever market share of 2.8% for a year. Plug-in hybrids experienced phenomenal growth, with volumes more than doubling, while pure electric vehicles saw an uplift of around 50%.”

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the top selling plug-in electric car in the UK with 11,681 registrations in 2015 (up from 5,364 in 2014).

Nissan LEAF is second with 5,236 registrations in 2015 (up by 29%), and third is BMW i3 at 2,213 (up 59%).

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7 responses to "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Set Record Market Share Of 1.7% In December"
  1. Rudy Clarke says:

    I’m more curious about the Model S sales over there for 2015 calendar year?

    I wanna see how the Brits are talking to an upmarket AFV!

  2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Wonderful to see that in at least some regions in Europe, EVs are approaching 2% of the new car market!

    Sadly, here in the USA we seem to be stuck around the 1% mark. I hope (as always) that will improve this year, but frankly I don’t expect significant growth until 2017.

  3. Rick Bronson says:

    Excellent News. More and more countries will cross the 1% mark and soon the World’s EV sales will also cross 1% mark.

    More details about UK sales are in

    For 2015, UK has outsold Germany in EV/Plugin sales. I hope the Germany dump the dirty diesel and start embracing EVs.

    1. Speculawyer says:

      Europe needs to tax gasoline and diesel much more equally. They’ve created an undesirable market distortion by taxing diesel less than gasoline. And the air pollution of their cities has paid the price.

  4. Rick Bronson says:

    2015 – Worldwide EV/Plugin sales have crossed 495,295 as per the individual country’s sales from

    Sweden 2,080 9,039
    Italy 205 2,462
    Netherlands 15,908 43,282
    Ireland 588
    Spain 353 3,015
    Denmark 1,652 4,762
    Norway 2,921 34,336
    Romania 71
    USA 13,400 115,155
    France 3,311 27,081
    China 34,125 188,726
    Ukraine 455
    Finland 53 661
    Switzerland 587 6,421
    Canada 707 6,774
    Slovenia 5 108
    UK 3,090 28,188
    Germany 3,179 24,171

    Total 81,576 495,295

    This excludes the sales of Heavy vehicle like Buses & Trucks from China. If we count that, then the tally will cross 600,000. Wow that’s fantastic.

    1. Kimmi says:

      The total tally in EV Sales is now at 530.000, with 85.000 in December only.

      And i’m still missing data from Japan and other smaller volume countries…

  5. Rick Bronson says:

    December is a high sales month and that’s why we are seeing sales of 85,000. If every month sells this much, then 2016 will see sales of 1 million which is 1% +.

    Certainly this can be achieved if Volt & Leaf sell at their best.