Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up By Over 300% After First 5 Months Of 2015

JUN 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

Plug-In Cars Available In UK

Plug-In Cars Available In UK

Another strong month of plug-in electric car sales has occurred in the UK, moving the total YTD number to 11,842. That’s over 300% more than in 2014.

In May, registrations hit 1,872 (0.94% of all passenger car registrations) compared to just 615 in May of last year.

“11,842 ULEVs were registered between January and May – a four-fold rise on the 2,838 registrations in the same period last year. The growth is further evidence of UK car buyers’ increasing awareness of the significant benefits of driving a ULEV, as they look to reduce their running costs and environmental impact. Motorists can now choose from a diverse range of around 20 ULEVs, compared to just six in 2011.”

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:

“The remarkable growth in demand for plug in vehicles is expected to continue as the range of ultra-low emission vehicles on sale increases. Meanwhile, we anticipate a natural levelling out of the overall new car market throughout the remainder of 2015.”

The main force of growth in UK is now plug-in hybrids:

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – May 2015

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – May 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is doing especiall well and according to the Japanese company sees dramatic success. So far this year, more than half of the 11,842 plug-in hybrids sold in the UK were Outlander PHEVs.

“The company is seeing significantly better sales across the entire range of models, resulting from higher levels of marketing investment, a growing dealer network and the impact of the dramatic success of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

The Outlander PHEV became the UK’s favourite plug-in vehicle in March this year, when it overtook the Nissan Leaf’s all time sales. In May 2015 it outsold its nearest competitor by nearly three to one, indicating a strong market preference for the versatility and practicality of hybrid plug-ins over pure battery electric vehicles. The Outlander PHEV has a range of 32.5 miles in electric mode alone – more than enough to accommodate the average daily commute. The vehicle’sofficial fuel consumption figure is 148 miles per gallon and it has emissions of just 44g of CO2 per kilometre.

The Outlander PHEV accounts for over half of the 11,842 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV’s) bought in the UK this year. Sales of the vehicle are strong among company car drivers, who benefit from significant taxable benefit in kind savings (just 5 per cent), and corporate fleets that benefit from a 100 per cent first year write down allowance against profits, and reduced National Insurance contributions.”

On the other hand, Nissan sold 362 LEAFs, more than half of all the BEVs sold in the UK in May (and almost two-thirds YTD).

Plug-in vehicles soon can match conventional petrol and diesel hybrids in overall sales numbers:

Plug-in cars surge in UK - May 2015

Plug-in cars surge in UK – May 2015

Plug-in cars surge in UK - May 2015

Plug-in cars surge in UK – May 2015

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4 Comments on "Plug-In Electric Car Sales In UK Up By Over 300% After First 5 Months Of 2015"

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Good sales data on which cars are selling:

More than 300% year-on-year growth. As I recall, that’s what happened in North America during 2012.

Sounds great, but unfortunately it’s very probably not sustainable. As has been noted by others regarding that year of 300%+ growth in North America, it’s probably more of an indication of how low sales have been previously, than an indication that sales have entered a long-term period of exponential growth.

The next gen of plug-ins is around the corner also many prices drops for existing cars coming with growing charging infrastructure. I wouldn’t expect 300% growth but i could see 50-75% for years to come

I suspect the spike is government departments procuring at year end before the free money dries up. I work for the NHS and we just bought 15 for our region in march as we were told the money probably wouldn’t be avaialable next year. We now have 15 Leafs and no supporting infrastructure to charge them.