UK Notes Record Electric Vehicle Uptake For First 6 Months of 2016

AUG 18 2016 BY MARK KANE 7

UK electric car registrations

UK electric car registrations

Kia Soul EV charging in UK

Kia Soul EV charging in UK

Go Ultra Low boasts that the British plug-in electric car market is growing as fast as ever.

The first half of 2016 closed by netting 19,252 new plug-in registrations, which was 31.8% more than the year prior.

The second quarter increase (by 38%) was also the 22nd consecutive quarterly rise for plug-in car uptake.  Seems there might be a trend at work here.

Since 2011, total sales of EVs into the UK has reached nearly 70,000 (by June of 2016).  While the ‘best-ever-monthb was March of 2016 (as usual boosted by a registration-plate change) – with 7,440 registrations.

The most popular models in the first half of this year have been the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (5,738 sales), followed by the Nissan LEAF (2,336 sales).

“Motorists in the UK are buying more electric vehicles than ever; with latest figures confirming continual quarterly rises in plug-in car uptake. Since records began in 2011, volumes of electric car registrations have risen steeply as motorists realise the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, which include low running costs, tax savings and a fun driving experience.”

“The rapid rise in registration volumes show more people than ever are realising the benefits of going electric. They are cleaner, cheaper to run, more reliable and with government support worth hundreds of pounds for home charging equipment, drivers can enjoy the convenience of a fully charged car every morning.”

“Government support has been crucial to driving the success of electric vehicles in the UK. This includes generous purchase incentives including a grant of up to off £4,500 the cost of a new car; tax benefits that could be worth thousands over the life of the car such as the lowest rates of Vehicle Excise Duty and company car tax, as well as support for home and public charging infrastructure contributing to the ongoing rises in uptake.”

Transport Minister John Hayes said:

“I am delighted to see record numbers of motorists coming round to the benefits of cleaner, greener vehicles, which are also cheaper to run.  The low-emission sector supports over 18,000 UK jobs and is a key pillar in our ambition for a low carbon, high tech and high skills economy. We want to make the UK a world leader in electric vehicle uptake and manufacture, to ensure that by 2050 every car and van on our roads is a zero emission vehicle. We are backing this with one of the most comprehensive support packages in the world, with more than £600m of government investment to help grow the UK market.”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low said:

“The continued growth in uptake of electric cars speaks for itself as registration records continue to be broken by motorists encouraged by the benefits electric motoring can bring. As awareness grows and motorists see the wide variety of vehicles already on UK roads coupled with benefits such as running costs from as little as 2p per mile, more drivers than ever are becoming motivated to go green. Since the introduction of the Plug-In Car Grant was introduced in 2011 the variety of electric models has expanded significantly, notably so in the past two years, giving motorists more choice than ever before.”

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7 Comments on "UK Notes Record Electric Vehicle Uptake For First 6 Months of 2016"

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how many ice cars are on the roads there?

There were 35m in 2014 total including Van, Trucks etc

Diesel Bad Ev Good. The sheep are finally beginning to Bah, the chorus, stomping their hooves in time for empahsis.

I have to say I’m a bit shocked how short the UK has come – I thought EV sales had been decent for a while now. But 70,000 PHEV & BEV accumulated sales is less for the entire UK – population 63 million – than just the BEV sales of Norway, population 5 million.

Obviously it won’t take a very big breakthrough before the UK will become a bigger and thus more important market than Norways. Hopefully in 2017 the new Leaf, Zoe and Ampera-e will all contribute to BEVs getting at least a 2% share of the market.

No shock here as early electric car adoption simply follows good goverment policy…

The UK Government introduced (tax) incentives to encourage manufacturers to offer EVs back in the 1980s. But all we got was this … The incentives to UK purchasers where never as good as the incentives offered to people in Norway. Recent UK government changes in tax laws have been done with headlines of “going green”, “simplification of tax rules” and other click bait sound bites, but the small print of the rules have reduced the limited incentives that were available to the point where an existing ICE driver will not see enough benefit of changing from what they know and are comfortable with, into the new and unknown. The government incentives that encouraged me to buy an Outlander PHEV last year have now been reduced to the point that if I was an “ev virgin” looking now, I wouldn’t bother. But because I can now also see other reasons for EV ownership, we replaced our 2nd ICE with a Soul EV. and I’ve even paid the deposit on a Telsa Model 3. Like Norway, I think more Tax incentives are what is needed for the innovators and early adopters. the UK government have taken away most of the incentives… Read more »