Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up 72% In April To Over 2,500

MAY 13 2016 BY MARK KANE 18

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

After April’s electric vehicle sales results, UK can now boast a figure of more than 60,000 plug-ins registered.

Last month, 2,569 were moved, which was up 72% year-over-year.

Mix of new plug-in registereds:

  • 580 BEVs (+13%)
  • 1,989 PHEVs/EREVs (+104%)

Once again the PHEV platform enjoys a lot more success in the UK, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV makes up the bulk of that demand, continuing to be the most popular model (more than third of all plug-ins in UK).

Compared to the overall automotive market, plug-ins stand at 1.36% market share, which is also about the average for the first four months.

Total sales for 2016 have exceeded 13,000 so far, compared to 10,000 after the first four months of the previous year.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – April 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – April 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK

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18 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up 72% In April To Over 2,500"

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it would be good to know how many miles(%)those Mitshusibi SUVs running clean-electric,or the whole thing is a gimmick….


I don’t know if you’re American or not, but in the UK the distances we drive are MUCH lower than the average American. Our country is much smaller and everything is closer together. The PHEV has WAY more than enough range for 99+% of daily tasks to be accomplished on electricity, and then some

conditionally that you charge up your SUV every night,religiously…..

Reading online most are getting 50%+ miles electric. I haven’t heard of any who are getting more than about 80%. So not amazing but certainly not a waste of time either.

One thing to keep in mind with the U.K. is the amount of stop start traffic so even switching from a regular suv to a hybrid will cut consumption pretty dramatically.

Having said all of that I wish Nissan would drop the price of the leaf, at lot of hatch backs in the uk could be “100” mile bev’s but the price is just too high.

thanks!!! so it is easy to see:there are plug ins-and “plug outs”!…seriously,one should distinguish between them:Volt2,BMW i3,and the rest….depending on the total CO2 emissions,during their usage!

There is little need to distinguish them. The worst PHEVs do on average about 50% of km on electricity.
The Volt about 75% and the i3 REx about 90% (and the i3 of course 100% since it’s a BEV).

It’s obvious that more range gives higher percentage of electric km but the difference is not that high. Every PHEV makes a big difference.

I’ve got a horrible feeling that a lot of those Outlanders were bought for the BIK and are never plugged in. I’d love to know the actual numbers.

I would imagine virtually all the company cars and certainly above 90% of those will never have been plugged in !

I plug mine in after every use and with a mpge of around 85 in all electric it helps a lot, those not plugging in at all will be lucky to see 35-40mpg tops.

in regular,daily usage or on a by VW arranged test pad………

OT but…

…..and the plot thickens….
“GM halts some U.S. SUV sales after fuel economy overstated”

I have done 10K miles in the year that I have had my Outlander PHEV and around 50% of those miles were all electric.

I am averaging around 75mpg less electric costs which takes it down to about 60mpg which is still impressive for such a heavy car.

I plug in everytime I use the car which is almost everyday,

I use the regen paddles all the time to slow down to almost a stop and therefore am getting the absolute max out of it as well as being very gentle on accelerating.

A pretty even mix of terrain around where I live, not flat everywhere for sure.

Can any Brits or Europeans identify the bicycle tied up behind the front bumper of the Outlander in the pic above? Is it an electric bike? It looks like it has an electric motor in the front hub and an odd-looking box behind the back seat, which I am assuming is for the battery. The bike also has a double top tube, and has a second seat on the uppermost top tube for a child (or skinny girlfriend).

Hi Sven,

That looks like a Flying Dutchman ?

Vintage Dutch bike ?

Maybe they come in Electric too ?


Alan (from England UK)

Faraday Porteur do an Electric Bike very similar ?

Thanks for the quick response Alan! 😀

I want to buy an e-bike this summer, but it’s actually more difficult choosing which e-bike to buy than it is choosing a BEV or PHEV.

I have covered 800 miles in my PHEV and only used 1/8 of a tank of fuel. 22 mile round trip to work, plugged in overnight. Petrol engine only starts up when more power is needed. It needs research before you commit to one of these, depending on usage patterns you may be better off with a diesel. BIK is also a consideration as a company car. It’s a significant saving over my diesel and was part of the reason for choosing that 5 years ago. It continues to increase year on year and the PHEV is in the lowest band.