Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up 20% In May To Over 2,300

JUN 13 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2016

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UK’s plug-in electric car sales continue to strengthen in 2016, with May’s result showing a 20% improvement over 2015.  Total plug-in sales reached 2,345 vehicles.

The market share of EVs in the UK automotive segment overall also improved from 0.98% year ago to 1.15%.

The bulk of the sales increase is once again built on the shoulders of the PHEV, as BEVs continue to step back.

Mix of new plug-in registered:

  • 517 BEVs (-17%)
  • 1,828 PHEVs/EREVs (+38%)

Total UK EV sales after the first 5 months of the year has now crossed 15,400, while the total number of registrations via the “Plug-In Car Grant eligible cars” list has hit 63,100.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – May 2016

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10 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up 20% In May To Over 2,300"

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Looks more like YOY BEV have stepped up not back. With the quarter end spikes, the BEV sales must be dominated by Tesla and no doubt there will be spikes for this month and a larger one for September or December when right hand drive X’s start delivering.

It’s not quarterly spikes. It’s every 6th month when they change plates.
Tesla is not the reason.

There are very defiantly 3 monthly spikes in the BEV graph. Might not be anything to do with Tesla but there seams to be a pattern.

And so the European sales results begin….. I am really excited about this months results.

UK appears to have crossed the 1% mark and I can only see it creeping up from their as new models come in and become established. The new London mayor might do something that could result in a step change but I geuss we’ll have to wait until after the in out vote before he’ll commit to anything.

Now for Germany and France. I’ll be gutted if the new German incentives or the refinery strikes in France have had no effect.

For Germany it might be down for May possibly by a lot. From what I understand the incentives only took affect in late May so I think June is when we see a jump in German sales, hopefully a very big one. For France I’m not sure the refinery strikes will have a large effect. If people think the strikes as only temporary I don’t think many people will choose to go electric just for that. Buying a car is the 2nd biggest purchase people make so I don’t think the strikes will get a lot of people to go electric just for that reason. But I hope I’m wrong.

I guess I’ll have to wait another month for German sales to pick up, hopefully the wait will be worth it.

As for the fuel strikes I am hoping that it will get people thinking about their next car. Hopefully it will push a few percent more people towards the BEV. 2 factors in the last 12 months, the pollution in Paris leading to the banning of ICE vehicles for alternate days last year and now the strikes have both resulted in a situation where you could drive a EV but not a conventional car. IMO, the whole discussion around EV’s changes when their might be 2 or 3 days a year when you can’t drive your regular car but you can drive an EV.

I agree with your two points for France. But like you alluded to I just don’t think we are going to see a quick boost in sales because of either point you made. I think it will be a slow burn. It will as you said get more people seriously thinking about plug ins as their next cars. About the other 2 of EU’s big five, Spain seems to be growing fast but from a low base. It has about .4% plug-in share but going in the right direction. Sadly the same can’t be said of Italy, its sales of plug-ins is shrinking year over year and it’s plug-in shares is probably below .2%

Italy is below .1% for May. That’s just sad, hopefully something changes soon.

My records shown that there were 2095 Model S licensed at the end of 2015 in the U.K. We are 5 months into 2016, so it might be a safe bet to say there are about 2500 Model S on the road in the U.K. Around 50 Roadsters were also sold in the U.K. back in the day.

Department for Transport figures for Nissan Leaf show 11,219 were licensed by the end of 2015. Renault Zoe was at 3344 just as 2015 ended. Figures also show 1068 BMW i8 were on the roads in U.K, as of Dec. 2015.

Looks like electric cars are starting to take off in Britain.

its great news to see the sales numbers pic up accross the EU. Once some of the legislation kicks in I see huge leaps in Ev sales – eTaxis, eVans and EVs #evhubuk