UK Sets New High of Plug-In Car Market Share in August at 2.2%

SEP 6 2017 BY MARK KANE 12

August is traditionally a weak auto sales month in the UK, but nevertheless plug-ins keep moving up – both in terms of net sales, and market share.

Plug-in electric cars in UK – Go Ultra Low

In total, 1,691 new registrations were noted last month, which was 45% more than in 2016.

The overall market declined several percent at the same time, so plug-in vehicle market share increased easily, reaching a new high of 2.21%.

Breaking down the 1,691 registrations we find:

  • 476 BEVs (up 62 percent year-over-year)
  • 1,215 PHEVs (up 39 percent year-over-year)

Nearly 27,500 new plug-ins have now been registered in eight months of 2017 (up 19.7%).

As you can see on the graphs, September is one of the two “peak months” for new registrations – could we be seeing a new all-time high next month?  It seems probable.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in UK – August 2017

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12 Comments on "UK Sets New High of Plug-In Car Market Share in August at 2.2%"

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Jean-François Morissette

Wow. 2.2% is it the largest market share in the, let’s say, big market?

It seems above France, Germany, USA, Japan, etc.

By 2020 it will be close to 10% here in the UK if not more.

If you consider the range of cars that will be available by then 10% will easily be reached.

You missed THE market, China. 2,7% plugin (and over 80% BEVs of those) sales in July.

I’d consider California a big market (one million plus
new vehicles per year) and we’re at 5%.


In UK? Theresa May at the moment…

There are quite a few countries in Europe with a higher share of EVs but part of the reason is RHD. Most models reach UK a lot later then the rest of the continent if at all. The new Leaf will hopefully be an exception as it is made here.

At least there won’t be any issues of national prejudice, since there no longer are any truly British mass-production car companies. The Nissans built in the UK are as British as any other car on the road. Maybe this is the chance for some aspiring British Elon Musk to scoop up some of the nation’s vast supply of engineering talent (Williams, McLaren, Lotus) and create an all-British, all-EV car brand.

According to Fleetcarma in order of EV adoption the top EU countries are;

1) Netherlands
2) France
3) Norway
4) UK

Of those only France would be considered a big market.
The data applies to fleet numbers, not private ownership- so is your claim valid? I very much doubt it.

UK’s population is almost the same as France. If France is a big market then how isn’t the UK?