UK Plug-In Electric Car Sales At 1.27% Market Share In November

DEC 19 2015 BY MARK KANE 14

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

21% sales growth of plug-in electric cars last month in the UK isn’t breathtaking, but the market has been growing for over three years continuously, so there’s no reason to complain.

Thanks to 2,276 new registrations in November, market share hit 1.27%, which is just 0.02% below the previous record in December 2014.

We have strong hopes that December will raise the bar even higher.

Brits prefers plug-in hybrids over all-electric cars (1,496 versus 780 last month), but both types moved up by slightly over 20% year-over-year.

PHEVs got reinforcements from the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, while BEVs will be pushed higher by the arrival of the 30 kWh Nissan LEAF.

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – November 2015

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – November 2015

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20% is good growth. But they have to maintain this every month until Chinese bring their EVs to the UK market.

Being a small island of 209,000 sq. km. the whole island can be covered with EVs in a much faster time. It just needs the will of the government in installing the slow and fast chargers and allow the sales of EVs to accelerate.

20% increase per month would be nice. Then there would be 100% EV sales two years from now.

20% year on year on the other hand would take us until 2039 for that to happen.

I would be very happy if we could keep a 50% year on year increase, which is not impossible but tough. Then 2026 would be the year for 100% EV sales.

Certainly 50 % growth will be nice and Britain can do this when China can attain 300 % growth. While China faces pollution, Britain faces direct threat from global warming since its a small island.

But with Shell and BP being World’s #1 and #5 companies, this is not easy. Besides the London’s Brent benchmark is the worldwide benchmark for Oil and accelerating the electric vehicles means OPEC countries will start their own benchmark and London will lose its major trading status.

What’s the total for YTD


If you want to see statistics that make a change the on your perception of EV sales.


– 525 Tesla Model S sold in November. This makes it the 4th best selling car model in Denmark in November overall. In its class there is sold more Model S than all other manuacteres combined.

What is the perspective that you want to be changed? This looks like the perspective of EVs still needing massive incentives and when they are going away or being reduced people hurry before it’s too late.

We’ve seen this in many places before…

Next year the UK government incentives for electric cars are to be lowered. Thankfully, it’s not that bad of a cut: fully electric cars over 70KWH will still get a £5,000 grant, but for PHEVS the amount is cut from £5,000 to £2,500.
Hopefully at those rates the sales figures for EVs can still rise here in the UK next year.

70 Kelvinwatthenry. Not bad, I’d love to see this new powerful temperature based inductive battery of yours. 😛

Ahh, yes. I think I meant to write “electric cars with over 70 miles of all-electric range”.

“Category 1: cars with a zero-emissions range of more than 70 miles receive a grant of £4500

Category 2: cars with CO2 emissions below 50g/km and a zero-emissions range between 10 and 69 miles receive a grant of £2500

Category 3: cars with CO2 emissions between 50 and 75g/km and a zero-emissions range of at least 20 miles will also receive a grant of £2500

There will now also a price cap of £60,000 – cars costing more than that won’t be eligible for the grant. Bad news if you were hoping for a cheeky discount on a BMW i8 – or indeed much of Tesla’s current Model S range.”

And when you write about batteries then use “kWh”. “KWH” doesn’t mean anything or rather something very interesting that the world has not seen yet. 😛

Apparently the £60k cap is only for the category 2/3 vehicles, so a Tesla, as a category 1 vehicle, would still be eligible for the £4.5k grant.

KWH is Kibi-Watt-Horse. I leave it to the audience to understand the meaning. 😀

A subsidy coupled with income would be better, why a millionaire must get £5000 for a Tesla next to his Lambo and government should subsidy all EVs under £25.000 and Plug-In under £33.000, manufactures and dealers would try to get under this price.