UK Approaching 10,000 Plug-In Vehicle Registrations

JUN 24 2014 BY MARK KANE 9

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S in UK

The UK is slowly approaching the mark of 10,000 registered plug-in cars. Almost all of them were bought with assistance from the Plug-In Car Grant (up to £5,000 in case of passenger cars and up to £8,000 in case of light delivery vehicles).

“Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 9,606 eligible cars registered.”

Despite those incentives, sales remain relatively weak. The total number of registrations in May amounted to 194,032 (up 8% year over year), which brings plug-ins to around 0.25% market share.

The majority of plug-ins sold in UK are all-electric (approximately 70%). Over 40% are Nissan LEAFs.

We are curious how the introduction of the Tesla Model S will influence sales in coming months. For now, the record month for plug-in sales in the UK was March 2014 with 823 EVs (including 630 LEAFs) and 378 PHEVs.

May 2014 – EV registrations in UK

May 2014 – EV registrations in UK

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I am always puzzled why electric cars not taking off where gasoline is almost approx USD10/gallon? Using electric car in UK is far more economical in UK(also Europe) than in US.

We drive fewer miles and the cars avaliable are already very efficient.
Also some of the countries has some of the highest electricity costs in the world.

The savings are pretty small and nowhere near making EV’s an economically valid option.

So you need to be either a greenfreak willing to waste a lot of extra money for the environment or have access to some pretty extensive incentives.

There are few other reasons I can think of:
1) UK, particularly London and suburbs are very well connected with well-designed public systems. When I visited London, I had no issue traveling using the tube, buses and the longer distance trains. Car ownership is probably much lower than in U.S. or rest of Europe.
2) Lack of parking garages to charge car at home.
3) UK government’s push for diesel. This has backfired, with London now suffering from very high levels of NO.

Sure, there are plenty of reasons. But my comment was on why the higher gas price in Europe compared to the US doesn’t lead to more EV sales.

For example in Denmark the electricity cost for for driving an EV is almost the same as the diesel cost for driving the same distance.

Well, at least the Danish windmills won’t run out of oil. And that seems to be behind the Danes inspiration for the Windmills and Vestas.

The problem with fossil fuels is that even though they may be competitive right now, the truth is that eventually we will run out of them.

But, long before we actually physically run out of oil, the relative scarcity of oil will make it uneconomical to run an oil based internal combustion engine vehicle.

Back in 2007, when gas prices shot over $4 per gallon in U.S., many people have demonstrated adaptions of their cars running on vegetable oil, corn oil and even on restaurant grease. There was even a flight from New Zealand using vegetable oil.
So, fossil fuel is not the only source for ICE engines.


Here are some Filipino electric Tuk-tuks, along the lines of the Chinese NEV boom.

Terra Motors E Trike Headed to Philippines

While these vehicles are not truly “freeway legal” yet these electric taxis will ply the streets of Manilla in the tens of thousands in the not too distant future..

Not road worthy ?

Well, I guess they are just as road worthy as the gasoline and natural gas models made on the exact same chassis that number in the many tens of thousands right now.

The Brits are slow to adapt on just about everything in a country where tradition rules.

The Brits are no doubt carefully checking out this electric car phenomenon, while other foolish nations plunge ahead…..

Basically, this is why Britain no longer rules America or very much of anything else.