The Top 5 Selling Electric/Hybrid Vehicles
There has been a massive rise in the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles. 2014 saw 22,522 plug in or hybrid cars registered, in 2015 this figure had increased by 120% to 45,326. This trend looks set to continue in 2016.
In the first quarter (January-March) in 2015 there were 20,784 electric/hybrid vehicles registered here in the UK, for the same time period this year 25,712 in total are now registered creating a 23.7% increase so far. These sales are a step in the right direction to reducing exhaust emissions, but are still a small percentage of total car registrations when considering there are roughly 31 million petrol and diesel cars on the road in the UK.
Figures from the DVSA also show us which low emissions cars are the most popular, here are the top 5 electric/hybrid cars until the end of March 2016 in the UK.
In 1st place with 19,945 registrations is the Mitsubishi Outland PHEV. It is now officially the UK’s number 1 selling plug in Hybrid car. It is also the only SUV in the top 5 reflecting the nations continued love for the higher all-terrain vehicle. Since its release in 2013 it has been collecting awards such as ‘Plug in vehicle of the year 2015’ and ‘low carbon manufacturer of the year 2015’. Global sales passed the 100,000 milestone in March this year and show no signs of slowing down. The Mitsubishi Phev is also the only Hybrid on the top 5 list. It offers a perfect choice for those who want ultra-low emissions but still have anxieties over range.
2nd in the top 5 is the Nissan Leaf with 12,469 registrations in the UK making it the best-selling fully electric car in the UK. ‘Leaf’ is an acronym for Leading Environmentally-friendly Affordable Family car as it is exactly that. The Leaf was first produced in 2010 and to date almost 22,000 have been sold globally. Nissan have announced the introduction of a 60kWh battery that should boost the Leaf’s range to over 200 miles, putting it in line with competition such as Tesla Model 3. Although the 60kWh battery has been confirmed the date the next generation of 200+ mile Leaf’s will arrive has not.
In 3rd place is the BMW i3 with 4,065 registrations. In its standard form the BMW has a range of 125 miles, with the Range Extender this can be increased to 206 miles. The range Extender adds a two-cylinder petrol engine that maintains the charge of the battery, kicking in when charge drops to 3.5%. This offers those who are concerned about range an extra comfort before they commit to a fully electric vehicle. BMW have announced an improved battery pack will be available on the 2017 model with 50% more capacity increasing range in the standard model to around 190 miles.
In 4th is the Renault Zoe with 3,327 registrations. The Renault Zoe was released in 2012 and this year has won the WhatCar? Best Electric Car Less than £20,000 in the Car of the the Year awards 2016. The Zoe features what Renault call a ‘chameleon charger’. This charger can adapt to use a variety of charging points while some plug-ins are only compatible with certain charge points increasing the worry of where to charge while out and about if you run low on energy.
In last place is the most expensive model in the top 5 the Tesla Model S with 2,826 registrations. It is also the fastest with a 0-60mph speed of 5.5 seconds and has the longest range of the fully electric cars in the top 5 at 248 miles. This range relates to the 60D version of the Model S, the P90D has a range of 316 miles and a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds with the Ludicrous Speed Update so it definitely the choice for lovers of speed!
Here are all the important statistics for the top 5 selling plug-in/electric vehicles in the UK …
|Vehicle and Leasing Prices||fuel type||body style||range||emissions||home charge time||0-62 mph||top speed|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV from £204.28 p/m|
|SUV||32 miles electric, 541 miles combined||42 CO2 g/km||5 hours||11 seconds||106 mph|
|Nissan Leaf from £228.75 p/m|
|Hatchback||155 miles in 30kWh version||0||5.5 hours with 6.6kW onboard charger||11.5 seconds||89 mph|
|BMW i3 from £278.56 p/m|
|Hatchback||125 miles||0||10 hours with a wallbox||7.2 seconds||93 mph|
|Renault Zoe from £262.66 p/m||Electric||Hatchback||149||0||4 hours with a 7kW wall box||13.5 seconds||84 mph|
|Tesla Model S from 594.49 p/m||Electric||Saloon||248||0||7.5 hours with a wall connector||5.5 seconds (0-60) mph|
Government Grants help towards the cost of an electric vehicle. However, the criteria cars need to fulfill to be awarded a grant and the amounts buyers are entitle to changed in March 2016. These changes reduced the amount of help buyers will get from the Government when purchasing an electric/hybrid vehicle. Manufacturers are waiting to see what effect these changes will have on sales throughout the rest of the year. You can read the updated Government Grant guidelines here.
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28 June 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy