Electric and plug-in hybrid sales jump by 139% in 2015

Published: 15 October 2015

 UK plug-in car sales jump 139%
 More than 27 cars now on sale
 But still just a 1% market share 

The number of plug-in cars sold in the UK has more than doubled in the first nine months of 2015, according to new figures published today by Go Ultra Low, the government agency supporting the spread of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

A total of 20,992 motorists bought a pure electric vehicle (EV) or plug-in hybrid car (PHEV) in the year to September. Still small fry in a market that’s worth more than 2 million cars annually – but it is now more than 1% market share, claims Go Ultra Low, and climbing steadily. It forecasts that 5% of all UK cars will be plug-ins by 2020.

Britain slowly but surely goes electric

There are now more than 27 EVs and PHEVs on sale in Britain, and that number is growing almost monthly as more car makers launch vehicles with some kind of electric assistance. Plug-in hybrids are growing faster than pure electric cars, making up 14,041 of those new registrations.

Britain’s best-selling plug-in cars are:

  1. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 9303 sold Jan-Sept 2015 (2731 Jan-Sept 2014)
  2. Nissan Leaf EV 4285 (2969)
  3. BMW i3 1564 (874)

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet