UK Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 27% In September

OCT 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 12

Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander GX5 PHEV

Plug-in electric car sales follow the general growth of the UK’s automotive market, which in September increased for the 43rd consecutive month.

Last month was also the highest-ever September with 462,517 registrations, out of which 3,912 were plug-ins (nearly 0.85%).

Compared to last September, plug-ins went up by 27%.

Plug-in hybrids strengthen their lead with 2,363 registrations, while BEVs saw 1,549 registrations.

Important is that both categories are growing so far this year.

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – September 2015

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – September 2015

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12 Comments on "UK Plug-In Electric Car Sales Up 27% In September"

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The new Leaf will guarantee more growth next year!

Does anyone know the breakdown by manufacturer?

As high as gasoline is in the UK, I would think plug-ins would be more than 3,912 out of 462,517 registrations. Is electricity expensive too? How much per kWh?

In the U.S. “filling up” an electric car is like paying $1 a gallon or less for gasoline based on an electricity price of 8 to 12 cents per kWh and ICE mileage of around 25 miles per gallon.

US electricity in SoCal is $0.19/kWh for base rate (aka, Super off peak rate), projected to go up even higher in coming years. Currently, gas prices are $2.70/gal, making cars like Tesla S to be paying equivalent to 45 MPG car, more like $1.50/gal compared to 25 MPG gas car.

However, in Europe where gas prices are double (or triple!!!) US, they’d be saving far more if electricity prices are similar (they are roughly similar). Scroll down to see L/100km table; they easily get equivalent of 200 MPG, sometimes approaching 300 MPG.

BTW, electricity in SoCal in 2014 was $0.14/kWh, an increase of 35% in one year! Solar is becoming more and more tempting every billing cycle.

Super off peak for Southern California Edison using plan TOU-D-A is $0.11 per kWh.

On peak Summer is $0.46 per kWh and Winter is $0.36 per kWh.

That is the current price starting 10/01/15.

We’re getting ripped off in San Diego…

I can’t wait for the gas prices to up again. Schadenfreude!

The fuel savings in the UK are comparable to many parts of the US. It costs about a 1/5 to run a typical EV compare to a typical petrol car. I was paying about 3.5p per mile for the electricity to power my LEAF.

Google shows BP1.1/liter and BP0.11/kWh (sorry; I don’t know how to show brit pound symbol). Converting to dollar, electricity is roughly $0.19/kWh, but gas is $7.60/gal! (assuming 4 liters per gallon).

At that rate, you’re getting better than 130 MPG in UK whereas in US, we’d be paying about 60 MPG ($2.70/gal gas in CA, far less in rest of US). No, UK is saving far more with EV than US.

Is there a big tariff on imported cars in the UK?


The high price, compared to other markets, is due to vat (sales tax) which is 20%

Almost all markets selling EVs have a VAT of 20% or more.