Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 37% In The UK For July

AUG 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 9

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2016

UK’s plug-in electric car have stabilized this year at around 1.25% market share over recent months, and July results were more of the same at 1.26%.

BMW i3 at DriveNow London

BMW i3 at DriveNow London

The total number of new registrations totaled 2,258, which was 37% more than year ago.

We should note that the entire growth in the UK now comes from plug-in hybrid sales exclusively, as all-electric registrations were again flat.

Mix of new plug-in registered:

  • 419 BEVs (+0%)
  • 1,839 PHEVs/EREVs (+49%)

The overall market has grown by nearly 29% to 20,864 YTD, with an average market share of about 1.3%.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2016

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PHEVs just don’t scare people the way a 70-100 mile BEV does. More Europeans use public transportation than we do by far and there are far more single car families than in America. This is partly due to less real estate owned in square footage by the average European citizen. They don’t have space to park 2 or 3 cars and each having access to chargers. Watching BEV growth in Europe will take a lot of patience. Consumer uptake of hybrids like Prius in Europe is high. This slow progression from hybrid to PHEV to full BEV is certainly bound too happen, but will take well over a decade. People own their cars for years – but each hundred miles of EV range an affordable EV can attain will see more hybrid owners convert to plug-only cars. We all know that full electric driving is addictive, and that 17 or 22 miles PHEV won’t suffice for long. I am so looking forward to the passion on performance wave of EV consumer uptake to occur. Where thousands more people can be passionate about an EV’s driving dynamics and not think about an EV purchase like one ponders a clothes washing machine… Read more »

Several people on the interwebs this week have pondered what a 100 mile PHEV might look like. Say a mid sized crossover or sedan with adequate to generous rear seating that uses a new generation of more energy-dense battery under it’s floor and a small 3 cylinder range extender . Think Chevrolet Volt on steroids.

That is a car that would solve a lot more questions than provide more problems. Pure EV limitations will take long spans of time to develop into mature infrastructure solutions and practical, fast refueling vehicles that lose the range anxiety aspect and cost penalty. I can see a 100 mile PHEV platform taking us a whole lot further toward that all-electric dream than our current snail’s pace at making EVs practical for the common man/woman.

The BEV purists will surely mock, but they don’t seem to acknowledge what a small niche they represent. We all ( EV and electrification advocates ) want the same end goal. It’s how we get there which seems to inspire the most derision amongst us. I believe PHEVs , EVers and EREVs have a prominent position in the way forward and will for a good decade ahead, and more.

Ampera-e could really take off in Europe – with more success than in America. With tight roads and old towns and villages, Europeans gravitate to small boxy cars with optimum usage of space. Add a much better CCS fast charging network and you have a Bolt EV that actually makes more sense for Europe than it does over on this side of the pond.

One neg on Ampera-e will be that it is an Opel. We know many Germans are sour on GM and Opel just because. They won’t even give the little EV a chance due to brand bias. In the U.K. and other markets the Bolt EV will be the Vauxhall Ampera-e and Holden Ampera-e. I think it will gain a rather healthy fan base in those markets.

In all, the Bolt-EV and Ampera-e still are limited-range BEVs that will scare consumers, plus they aren’t exactly inexpensive. So I’m not talking Prius-level popularity, but it should sell much better than the 1st Gen LEAF did. Countries are close together over there and every new CCS DCFC should alleviate range anxiety for those brave enough too take the EV plunge.

Sorry but the Ampera-E is simply not going to take off if the idiots don’t market it properly. It’s basically not marketed whatsoever; If I vox popped 1000 people I guarantee probably only 1 or 2 would have even heard of it.

The other issue with the Ampera-E outside of the USA is the price. I don’t know what it cost in the UK but it was priced out of existence in most markets outside of the USA. It will be the same when the bolt hits the EU, if it costs nearly the same as a Tesla 60 then forget it.

This is, unfortunately, what I think will happen, both the volt and the bolt will be sold in the EU in pathetically small numbers due to their high cost and zero advertising. The only thing that I can see changing this is if GM care about meeting the EU 2021 emissions target but we won’t see any movement until 2019 on that one. I really hope they loose their shirt on this one and that by 2021 there are so many compelling PHEV’s and BEV’s in the EU that no one cares or notices when GM (along with Fiat and Chrysler) disappears from the EU all together.

The Ampera-E is the bolt. The Ampera was the volt. Because none of this confuses people…

The estimates I’ve heard for Ampera-E (european version of the Bolt) pricing indicate a retail price €10,000 to €12,000 above the i3. And €20k above estimated pricing for the Tesla Model 3.

S**t, I knew that, sorry. I should just stick the bolt and volt.

I geuss the name doesn’t matter anyway, the story appears like it might be the same. Over priced and under advertised, wake me in January when the Japanease hand the American auto industry it’s own arse on a plate…… again……. I hope.

Ps I’d love to be proven wrong, I’d pay to be proven wrong but I think GM are not going to make the bolt in serious numbers and they won’t sell it anywhere other than the USA. Just like Ford and their ev offerings, it’s like they are afraid of success.

When I read articles like this I can’t help but feel that the Bev part of the market is way too reliant on tesla, Nissan and Renault. The rest of the Bev makers are just a toe dip. BMW, VW or GM could keep their pure ev programs small for decades. So much relies on leaf 2.0 and Zoe 2.0. I hope they are worth the wait.

Most new cars in the UK are brought as company cars and then sold onto the private market after about 3 year. Hence I can buy a 3 year old “normal” car for about 35% of its new price. I have never brought a new car in my life!
BEV are no good as company cars, as company cars are used by people that drive a lot for work, often having to do more than 200 miles in a day. Therefore a PHEV with a good range 100mile+, so get the lower tax in the UK for company cars, but yet does not limit range may be the tripping point.
Also over 50% of our homes don’t have any of road parking, so most people don’t have the option of getting a charger installed at home.