UK Approaching 10,000 Plug-In Vehicle Registrations
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.