Mitsubishi Outlander extends ultra-green league table lead 17 Jun 2016

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The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has extended its lead over the Nissan Leaf to be the most popular ultra-low carbon car or van on the road.

Analysis of the latest DVLA figures by the RAC Foundation show that at the end of Q1 2016 there were 19,945 plug-in hybrid Outlanders licensed in the UK. This compares with 16,100 at the end of Q4 2015.

Next came the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf at 12,469.

In third place was the BMW i3 (4,065) which is available with a choice of drive trains: pure battery electric or a range extended version (where a petrol internal combustion engine is used to recharge the battery on long journeys).

The i3 is followed by the Renault Zoe (3,918) and the Tesla Model S (2,826), both of which are pure battery-electric.

The two cars with the fastest growing sales – in percentage terms – were the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid (up 1,400% quarter on quarter to 561) and the Mercedes Benz C350 e (up 200% to 1,898).

In total there were 58,469 plug-in grant eligible vehicles on the road at the end of Q1 2016, 10,549 more than at the end of the previous quarter.

This is the list of all 40 vehicles that are, or have been, eligible for the government’s plug-in car and van grant schemes and which were on the road in the UK at the end of Q1 2016 (the most recent date for which figures are available).

Rank

Make and Model

Q1 2016

Q4 2015

Q3 2015

Q2 2015

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(all variants: cars and vans)

            19,945

        16,100

        14,099

     12,066

2

Nissan Leaf

             12,469

         11,219

         10,441

       9,310

3

BMW i3

(number of which are range extended versions)

4,065    (2,855)

 3,574 (2,440)

 2,943 (1,940)

 2,484 (1,579)

4

Renault Zoe

               3,918

           3,327

           2,401

       2,062

5

Tesla Model S

               2,826

           2,087

           1,346

       1,047

6

Volkswagen Golf GTE

               1,970

           1,359

           1,025

           350

7

Mercedes-Benz C350 e

               1,898

               628

             128

             19

8

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

               1,651

           1,580

           1,501

           1,439

9

Audi A3 e-tron

               1,445

           1,218

           1,033

               570

10

Vauxhall Ampera

               1,261

           1,272

           1,279

           1,250

11

Nissan e-NV200

(all variants: cars and vans)

               1,243

           1,047

               896

               705

12

BMW i8

               1,163

           1,022

               964

               823

13

Renault Kangoo ZE

                   755

               740

               731

               719

14

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

                   561

                 38

                  -  

                  -  

15

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

                   454

               395

               361

               336

16

Peugeot Ion

                   383

               374

               371

               368

17

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

(all variants: cars and vans)

                   366

               337

               314

               299

18

BMW 330e

                   340

                  -  

                  -  

 

19

Mitsubishi i-Miev

                   257

               251

               250

               252

20

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

                   214

               212

               216

               215

21

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

                   193

               162

               157

                 61

22

Citroen C-Zero

                   192

               167

               199

               205

23

Kia Soul EV

                   170

               145

                 83

                 53

24

Volkswagen e-up!

                   150

               142

               133

               124

25

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

                   129

               157

               159

               138

26

Chevrolet Volt

                   122

               122

               119

               125

27

Volkswagen e-Golf

                   120

               114

                 98

                 88

28

Renault Fluence

                     78

                 70

                 71

                 71

29

BMW 225xe

                     65

                  -  

                  -  

-

30

Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell

                     23

                 23

                 21

                 27

31

Ford Focus Electric

                     19

                 19

                 21

                 23

32

Mia (all variants: cars and vans)

                     15

                 15

                 14

                 12

33

Toyota Mirai

                       9

                   4

                   2

-

34

BYD e6

                      -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

BD Otomotiv eTraffic

                      -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

BD Otomotiv eDucato

                      -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Citroen Berlingo EV

                      -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Peugeot ePartner

                     -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Smith Electric Smith Edison

                      -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Mahindra e20

                      -  

     

 

Total

58,469

47,920

41,376

35,241

Note: Some of the vehicles above might have been bought without the grant. Some might be licensed to manufacturers and dealers rather than customers. The total number licensed is below the total number of grants claimed because of the lag between an order being placed and the car being delivered.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“The ultra-green car market remains a two-horse race. Between them the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Nissan Leaf account for well over half of all plug-in car grant eligible vehicles on the road.

“But in recent months it is the Outlander which has been making the running with sales racing ahead of those for the Leaf.

“The big question is what happens now. The start of March saw significant changes to the plug-in car grant scheme. Not only did the maximum grant drop from £5,000 to £4,500, in some cases it is as little as £2,500 depending which vehicle the buyer chooses. Manufacturers will be nervously watching how much this changes consumer behaviour.”

ENDS

Contacts:

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications – RAC Foundation

020 7747 3445 | 07711 776448 | philip.gomm@racfoundation.org  

Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation that explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

The RAC Foundation is a registered charity, number 1002705. 

On 1 March 2016 changes were made to the structure of the plug-in car grant scheme with certain vehicles recategorised. This is a link to an explanation of the new eligibility criteria and grant levels:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/502056/plug-in-grant-rate-changes-2016.pdf

Details of the Foundation’s work is available at www.racfoundation.org

The RAC Foundation’s plug-in grant factsheet is available here:

www.racfoundation.org/assets/rac_foundation/content/downloadables/RACF_plug-in_grant_factsheet_June_2016.pdf 

The licensing figures by model are available to view on the RAC Foundation website:

http://www.racfoundation.org/data/plug-in-grant-eligible-vehicles-licensed-by-quarter

It is available to embed on your website using the following code:

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The overall number of plug-in car and van grant eligible vehicles licensed plotted over time (broken down by pure electric versus plug-in hybrids) is also available on the same webpage:

http://www.racfoundation.org/data/plug-in-grant-eligible-vehicles-licensed-by-quarter

It is available to embed on your website using the following code:

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