UK Alt-Fuel Vehicle Sales Up 25% in January 2014 – EVs Gain Ground

FEB 13 2014 BY MARK KANE 3

BMW i3 in the UK

BMW i3 in the UK

According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), alternatively-fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations in the UK increased 25% (to 154,562) in January 2014, compared to January 2013.  AFV registration grew more than the entire automotive market, which had just 7.6% gain.

Buyers are attracted to increased fuel economy, which is now 27% higher than the average seven-year-old model.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive stated:

“The new car market ended 2013 on a high, so it is encouraging to see the January market start the year strongly, rising 7.6%. As fuel economy is a major consideration for many motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative, fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new cars. Looking ahead, the UK automotive industry expects to see moderate, sustainable growth in 2014.”

In total, alternatively-fuelled vehicles now hold 1.8% market share and pure electric cars hold a much higher share within the AFV segment compared to 2008.

We recently heard from Nissan that in January the automaker sold 230 LEAFs in UK.

We suspect that EVs will gain even more ground in the UK when new models, including the Tesla Model S, appear on the market.

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3 Comments on "UK Alt-Fuel Vehicle Sales Up 25% in January 2014 – EVs Gain Ground"

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What are the diesel/electric hybrid models available in the UK? My American impression is that there is only the Plug-In Hybrid Diesel V60.

Well, some quick Googling finds the following:
Citroen DS5
M-B E300 BlueTEC Hybrid
Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4
Peugeot 508 HYbrid4

Hum? About 500 pure electrics sold in 2008? Can’t be all Tesla roadsters I guess. Some french delivery vans like Berlingo first electric maybe?

The many CHAdeMo DC fast chargers now installed in the UK should make the Leaf more useful, and help boost future sales. When owners have unexpected driving they can just stop for 10-20 minutes to get extra miles. Also, they can take their Leaf on longer trips, like the London to Edinburgh trip that Robert Lewenhaven and David Pielow just made.

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