Plug-In Vehicle Sales In UK Exceed 2% Market Share In July!

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Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2017

The British car market, just like U.S. automotive sector, is rapidly shrinking this summer. In July, new registrations decreased by 9.3% overall to just 161,997 units.


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A poor result for conventional petrol vehicles enabled alternatively fueled vehicles to take record high market share of 5.5% (8,871 deliveries):

“The demand for alternatively fueled vehicles (AFVs) soared 64.9% as consumers continue to invest in the latest low-emission fuel technology.

AFVs took a new record 5.5% market share1 in July, as 8,871 new units were driven off forecourts.

Nearly 70,000 new AFVs have joined UK roads this year. Meanwhile registrations for new petrol and diesel cars declined by -3.0% and -20.1% respectively.”

Breaking down that further…into things we actually care about, plug-in electric vehicle registrations increased by 54% to 3,503 deliveries, and for the very first time have crossed the 2% market share threshold (specifically 2.16%).

Breaking down the 3,503 registrations we find:

  • 860 BEVs (up 105 percent year-over-year)
  • 2,643 PHEVs (up 43 percent year-over-year)

In total, nearly 26,000 new plug-in electric cars were registered in the first seven months of 2017 (up 18.8% year-over-year).

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – July 2017

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8 Comments on "Plug-In Vehicle Sales In UK Exceed 2% Market Share In July!"

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Once the new leaf, TM3 and others land in numbers over the next couple of years, you could probably add a 0 to that %

Well, that was not easy.

Wow, very lopsided to the PHEVs. Do you have a breakdown of those by model?

NICE. I suspect those London congestion charges will have a huge effect on the buying public.

And things should accelerate as better cars become available like the Tesla Model 3.

Looking at the chart it is interesting that March has consistently been the best sales month in the UK, vs. December in the US and most other countries. Any idea why that is?

New registration plates come out in the UK in March and September, so most people wait until those months to buy a new car here.

With new local air pollution strategies due out in March and December of next year. I expect more cities to go the way of congestion charge and that will matter.

Diesel vehicle sales must have taken a big hit, that’s why the overall ICE vehicle sales went down by 9%. And there is a big increase in sales of Petrol Hybrids.
Plugins are also increasing at an impressive rate. 2018 should see bigger increase when Model 3 production expands along with Ioniq-EV.