Plug-In Electric Car Sales Exceed 6,000 In June In UK


June was the fourth best month in terms of plug-in electric car sales in the UK as 6,272 new plug-ins were registered.

Besides the healthy growth of nearly 38% year-over-year, the market share is very high – 2.67% (second best ever).

Most of the market and growth comes from plug-in hybrids:

  • 1,519 BEVs (up 4% year-over-year)
  • 4,753 PHEVs (up 54% year-over-year)

In the first half of the year, sales increased by a quarter to 29,363 at an average market share of over 2.2%.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – June 2018

While we enjoy the market expansion of plug-ins we also see that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) sends alarming signals to support shrinking diesel sales (-30% in the first half of the year). Hopefully, the growth in EVs will become high enough so that we can soon forget about diesel.

“SMMT urges government to back new-tech diesel, as uncertainty continues to impact new car market”

“Strong growth for petrols and plug-ins can’t offset heavy diesel declines, with demand down -28.2% as buyers hesitate.”

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – June 2018

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growth would be higher but VW could not keep up with the demand for Golf GTE,

I’m surprised about the ratio of EV to PHEV there. I mean, here in the wide-open-spaces of the USA I see why people feel they need PHEVs (myself included). But the UK is relatively small and there are lots of public chargers, especially DC fast chargers along motorways. So I would have thought BEVs would be more popular in the UK.

I think that by “wide-open-spaces of the USA” you mean all the States, not just the one you live in. Europeans are not so different, when we travel we do it in the whole Europe. Of course we do not travel abroad each week, and we have trains and planes, so BEVs are fine, as they are in the USA for the same reasons…

It all comes back to public perception. You know there are lots of charge points and I know there are lots of charge points but the traditional motoring magazines only write one positive article about the subject per year and the rest of the time they always feature one negative paragraph about public charging in every EV review.

yes, classically you’d think this showed there wasn’t much demand for EVs (“only 4% up”) but if you can’t buy them its hard to determine what the real level of demand is.

This is why Tesla need to get their RHD Model 3 selling over there sooner rather than later.

I am really curious about the breakdown of different model sales in the UK. How do British tastes and high gas prices influence the choice of electric cars in the UK?

We just love our Ford Fusion Energi PHEV. In some ways it feels like a Jeep Renegade. You get two completely independent energy sources and you can travel on one or the other or both! A Jeep can travel on any land but a PHEV can travel on any mobile energy source – even solar.

Tha British press are not great at reporting on electric cars, the fact that they won’t be paying there own fuel costs doesn’t help as they just see having to stop and charge as highly inconvenient. The motor traders are no better, after all, their wages are commission based, so why would they take the time trying to explain how much cheaper it is to run an electric car when in the same time they could more easily sell more than one ice car.