UK Set New Plug-In Electric Cars Sales Record In March – Over 7,000

2 years ago by Mark Kane 6

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – March 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – March 2016

2016 Nissan LEAF

2016 Nissan LEAF

Registrations of new plug-in electric cars in UK exceeded 7,000 in March for the first time (one of the two months of bi-annual plate change), reaching a record high of 7,144 – good for a 1.38% market share.

The growth year-over-year stands at 17%.

The majority of registrations in the UK are still of the PHEV variety (4,803 – good for 14% growth), while BEVs noted 2,341 new tallies, and a 23% increase compared to previous year.

The great March performance helped to push sales past the 10,000 mark in the first quarter, and expand the total plug-in fleet in service to some 60,000 vehicles.

From April, the UK will return back to more ordinary sales results, but hopefully still reaching at least the 2,000 level.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – March 2016

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – March 2016

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6 responses to "UK Set New Plug-In Electric Cars Sales Record In March – Over 7,000"

  1. Someone out there says:

    Record after record after record… Plugins are really coming strong! Of course, once the Bolt and the Model 3 is out this will look like peanuts.

  2. Mike I says:

    Can someone explain why March and September sales are so much higher in the UK?
    What is “bi-annual plate change”?

    1. Stephen D says:

      The first 4 alphanumerics change twice a year. They are showing off being the first to get vehicles with the new numbers.

  3. Just_Chris says:

    Does any one have more detail on the leaf? Sales increasing? 30 kWh making any difference?

    1. RN says:

      Sales from Nissan are not online yet, only Jan-Feb:
      http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com/uk/en-gb/Corporate/ListFactsAndFiguresCountry.aspx

      But in the past Leaf was about half of all EV sales in UK, so March Leaf will be around 1500 i think.

    2. Alex says:

      1313 Nissan Leaf in March UK, numbers now online the link from RN.