UK’s Top 20 Plug-In Electric Cars

JUL 12 2015 BY MARK KANE 13

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – May 2015

Plug-in Car Registrations in UK – May 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Nissan LEAF account for over 61% of all plug-in electric cars sold in UK through the end of March 2015 under the plug-in car/van grant schemes.

Detailed figures for top 20 models were revealed in an analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation.

Mitsubishi and Nissan without a doubt lead the British market. Other models have just a tiny part of the pie:

“The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is now the most common ultra-green car on the road in the UK, knocking the Nissan Leaf off the top spot.

There were 9,773 Outlanders licensed at the end of Q1 2015, compared with 5,273 at the end of Q4 2014 – an 85% increase.

By comparison there were 8,274 pure battery-powered Nissan Leafs, a 21% increase on the 6,838 figure three months earlier.”

“Third in the list of licensed vehicles that qualify for the government’s plug-in car and van grants is the BMW i3 (2,186, up 43%).

“Overall, at the end of Q1 2015 there were 29,567 vehicles on the road in the UK that were eligible for the grants, a rise of 38% on the Q4 2014 figure of 21,504.

To put these numbers in perspective, in the UK there are 30.7m cars and 3.6m vans. Therefore those vehicles licensed and eligible for the plug-in car and van grants make up 0.09% of the total: 1 in every 1,160.

This is the list of the top-20 vehicles on the road – as of the end of Quarter 1 2015 – which are currently available under the plug-in car grant scheme (worth up to £5,000 per vehicle) and the plug-in van grant scheme (worth up to £8,000 per vehicle).”

Rank Make and Model Q1 2015 Q4 2014

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants)

9773

5273

2

Nissan Leaf

8274

6838

3

BMW i3

2186

1534

4

Renault Zoe

1621

1356

5

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

1395

1324

6

Vauxhall Ampera

1226

1169

7

Tesla Model S

903

698

8

Renault Kangoo ZE

693

663

9

BMW i8

546

279

10

Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)

518

399

11

Peugeot Ion

376

368

12

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

301

241

13

Audi A3 e-tron

300

66

14

Mitsubishi i-Miev

254

266

15

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

216

205

16

Citroen C-Zero

206

202

17

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

173

175

18

Volkswagen e-up!

130

118

19

Chevrolet Volt

123

124

20

Volkswagen e-Golf

83

47

Some charts:

 

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13 Comments on "UK’s Top 20 Plug-In Electric Cars"

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Cavaron

Is there another country in the world (besides US\UK) where the Ampera/Volt is doing ok with 1226 sales per quarter? I had the impression that it doesn’t sell very well in most EU countries…

offib

I’m afraid not. I first thought of the Netherlands, but the Volt/Ampera drifted off a lot there a few years ago, thanks to the Outlander PHEV.

Mikael

The Volt/Ampera is discontinued in Europe because of the low sales. It never sold 1226 in a quarter in the UK, that number is total number of Amperas on the road in the UK.

The top selling year for the Ampera in the UK was 2012 with 455 sales.

It basically only sold as long as there were absolutely no PHEV options in Europe. As soon as there were any other PHEV option the Volt/Ampera sales sunk like a stone.
And to sum the buyers of those Volt/Amperas into one line…”Beggars can’t be choosers”.

RS

It did not sell well it was 1226 in 3 years or so. There where multiple reasons why it flopped, it isn’t a hatchback, it has just 4 seats, it is still far too expensive, the i3 with range extender is just a little bit more. They did advertise it, when it first came out, then they pulled it back because of the burning Volts in the U.S. And when they brought it back, they did not advertise them enough.
Few weeks ago I had lunch with some colleagues and we talked about electric cars, everyone knew the Tesla, the i3, or the Leaf. All, but one, thought Opel (thats the company selling it in Germany), did not even have a Plug in car. And the one person thought it had a range comparable to the Prius plug in. And now, as the new one comes out, which would fit the European market much better and could have its all new marketing campaign, they decided not to sell it in Europe. That could be a big mistake.

Mikael

What they really should do is to make PHEV versions of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Astra.

But if they could push the price on the Ampera to half the introduction price then a reintroduction might be successful.

RS
Well, I like the idea of a purpose built EV, but you are right in Europe a conversion would have made more sense, especially as the Volt is loosely based on the Malibu, too. The new Volt might actually work in Europe, if they would go for a cheaper entrance price and if they would start a new marketing campaign. The Volt isn’t a bad car and the 2016 model might even be better. And as you can see, there is demand for Plug-Ins. Sometimes it seems to me like GM does not really know much about the car market. They saw: the Ampera does not sell well. Any other car company would look for a reason, why it sells wore than its competitors. But GM thought: They don’t like the Ampera, ergo they don’t like Plug-Ins, so we won’t sell the new model In in Europe. Decisions like those, got GM bankrupt the first time. Now they have lower volumes than their competitors, they will have to sell their cars at a higher price, U.S customers will buy from the cheaper competitors. It might become a vicious cycle, which might end in canceling the Volt after all… With will,… Read more »

Great Scoop, Mark!

EV AZ

Great to see the UK Outlander PHEV double in sales from Q4 to Q1-15.

Will this equate to another delay to the US Launch slated for March 2016?

martinwinlow

A hybrid is not an EV (or an electric car). Why does insideEVs continue to perpetuate the myth that the reverse is true?

It is really simple – an EV doesn’t have an exhaust pipe.

Just to be really clear the Nissan LEAF is an electric car – the Outlander is a plug-in hybrid, most of which still get the vast majority of their motive power by burning petrol.

Mikael

An electric vehicle is one that you can drive on electricity. Which definitely includes plug in hyrbir electric vehicles.

Pete

Something must ne wrong, Outlander 10.000 was in March 2015, Leaf was 10.000 in June?? Already on inaideevs was a article.

mr. M

Jeah seems strange. Maybe they count only used subsidies.