Plug-In EV Sales In UK Up By 51% In October, While Diesels Retreat By A Third


Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2017

The British automotive market shrunk for the seventh consecutive month in October  – down 12.2% overall, as demand for diesel models collapsed by nearly a third.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2017

On the other hand (and the only hand we care about), plug-in electric vehicle registrations surged by 51% year-over-year with 3,436 deliveries, noting the second highest market share so far at 2.17%!

That is one out of every 46 vehicles sold in the UK.

“Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle (AFV) demand continued to rise, up 36.9% to 8,244 registrations, while petrol models enjoyed a more modest growth of 2.7%. However, these gains were unable to offset heavy losses in the diesel segment, as continuing consumer concerns resulted in its biggest hit yet, with demand down -29.9%.”

Breaking down the 3,436 registrations we find:

  • 672 BEVs (up 70.6 percent year-over-year)
  • 2,764 PHEVs (up 46.9 percent year-over-year)

Around 38,740 new plug-ins have now been registered over the first ten months (more than in entire 2016 – 37,000).

Since January 2013 through October 2017, nearly 125,000 plug-ins have been sold in UK – more than 81,000, or two thirds of the whole, have been plug-in hybrids.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – October 2017

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9 Comments on "Plug-In EV Sales In UK Up By 51% In October, While Diesels Retreat By A Third"

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What drives March sales in the U.K.- a tax incentive deadline, or their first rays of sunshine?

They spike in March and September because that’s when the new registration plate numbers come out. People want to be seen to have an absolutely brand new car, sad I know.

So the car dealers registers all their cars in those month, and then sell them over the next few?

Nope, most cars are “build to order” and sold in the previous months.
Delivery scheduled in the first month of the next periode.
Dealers prefer to have ZERO unsold new cars on their lot. They are a waist of money.

Brits are weird.

Good to see the growth of EV sales in the UK but the big change will be when they replace the diesel buses with E-Buses.

I recently watched the city council cabinet unanimously vote for a Hydrogen bus pilot and the leader declared Hydrogen to be the future. We still have a long way to go.

Funded by BP?

At the same time UK is ordering hundreds of electric buses, that is the present.

Hydrogen has always been the future and will probably be the future for a decade more before they give it up.