Record Number Of UK Car Buyers Are Opting To Reduce Their Fuel Bills


Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – March 2015

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – March 2015

Go Ultra Low announced record sales of plug-in cars in the UK, which in March exceeded 6,000.

The first quarter of 2015 brings ultra-low emission cars registrations up 386% year-over-year to 8,573!

This is more than 1% of the overall market, on track to 5% by 2020.

Most of ultra-low emissions market is dominated by plug-in hybrids (67%).

Most popular ultra-low emissions vehicles

  1. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  2. Nissan LEAF
  3. BMW i3
  4. Renault ZOE
  5. BMW i8″

Sales of plug-in cars are growing so fast that they took 41% share of all alternatively-fueled cars sold in the UK in the first quarter.

Plug-In Cars Available In UK

Plug-In Cars Available In UK

A lot of interest comes from businesses:

“Business operators are benefitting too, with those seeking lower maintenance fees and tax rates, plus the potential for reduced whole-life running costs, contributing to a 421% increase in fleet and business ULEV volumes in the quarter. Businesses running commercial vehicles also showed signs of increasing adoption of electric vans, with volumes up 263 units on January-March 2014 – a growth rate of 353%.”

“Thanks to CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km, all ULEVs are exempt from road tax. Other advantages such as typical annual fuel savings of £660 per vehicle*, a nationwide network of free recharging points and no congestion charge to pay in London have helped accelerate uptake over the past five years, with more than 25,000 ULEVs now on UK roads.”

Hetal Shah, Head of Go Ultra Low, a joint initiative by government and the UK automotive industry, said:

“The latest plug-in vehicle uptake figures prove that ultra-low emission cars and vans make sense for both private and business users, especially with the potential for fuel costs as low as 2p a mile and reduced whole life running costs.”

When it comes to regions, most sales are noted as follows:

“The latest registration figures show that car buyers in the South are most likely to opt for an ultra-low emission vehicle, followed by Londoners and the east of the country. Yorkshire and the North West complete the list of top five regions. The figures also show that car buyers in East Yorkshire are least likely to choose an ultra-low emission option.”

“Regions where ultra-low emissions vehicles are most popular

  1. South
  2. London
  3. East
  4. West Midlands
  5. North West

Regions where ultra-low emissions vehicles are least popular

  1. East Yorkshire / Lincolnshire
  2. Northern Ireland
  3. West
  4. South East
  5. East Midlands”

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“The first quarter of 2015 brings ultra-low emission cars registrations up 386% year-over-year to 8,573!
This is more than 1% of the overall market, on track to 5% by 2020.”
I read that 734,588 cars were sold in the first quarter in the UK. 8573 is 1.17%. That means the UK is now ahead of the US in terms of market share. The US was only at 0.58% for the first quarter.

The whole of Europe (EU+EFTA) is at around 1,17% EVs in March (so the UK is at least on average for once when it comes to green tech :P).
So way above the US market in percentage and absolute numbers.

1% is still very low though.

I don’t get it. I guess people don’t care about climate change and they all look at the short-term up-front car cost instead of the long-term total operating costs.

And, no, EV range is not a valid excuse when you have options like the Outlander PHEV and the Volt/Ampera (which they may have lost as a choice due to insufficient interest).

I think 3 major things,

* higher initial cost
* still weird to plug in a car
* no place to plug in

My three:

1. People don’t know how economically beneficial these cars are (especially for businesses)

2. People don’t know the range of cars that exists, if they even know any EVs.

3. They haven’t tried EV’s and don’t know anyone who has (word of mouth or some executive/employee having an EV can make all the difference in the world)

So it’s great that more and more get into an EV in the UK because those numbers will rapidly increase once there are references around you telling how great different models are and how it’s working perfectly for them or their workplace.

I agree with most reasons but my 3

1 – Better access to public transport
2 – Generally much more efficient cars in the first place make plugin’s less attractive on a cost basis
3 – High tax on new cars means most cars are bought by fleets and sold second hand

1 in particular is important, if you are environmentally conscious in a UK city you don’t buy a car you take a train, walk or cycle.

no place to plug in is also big in the UK as a lot of people don’t have off street parking.

The big improvements for the environment are still coming from biofuels and increased efficiency.
EV’s are great for the future but it’s a solution that takes time so we need to do more things while EV’s build up and take over.

For example it’s easy to compare european green transport leaders Sweden that had 15% renewable fuel in the transport sector in 2013 and looking at just over 20% in 2016.
Compare that to EV leaders Norway that just reached 2% of EV’s of the total car fleet, a very low number even though the sales have been massive.

We need to work all fronts at the same time 🙂

I’m surprised there is no article about record breaking 40k+ March global EV sales. That is big news.