Mitsubishi still tops ultra-green car league table 22 Sep 2017

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Outlander pulls ahead of Nissan Leaf

The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has extended its lead over the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf to remain the most common ultra-low carbon car on the UK's roads.

Analysis by the RAC Foundation of the latest DVLA data shows there were 29,408 Outlanders on the road at the end of June 2017, up 1,731 on the previous quarter.

This compares with the 17,352 Leafs, up 851 on the previous quarter.

Third came the Mercedes-Benz C350 e (7,629), followed by the BMW i3 (7,597) and the BMW 330e (6,039).

Overall, at the end of June 2017, there were 105,745 licensed vehicles on the roads that are or have been eligible for the government’s plug-in car and van grant schemes.

This total is 59% higher than the 66,375 vehicles on the roads at the end of June 2016.

Under the government’s plug-in grant schemes, car buyers can get a grant of up to £4,500, depending on the model, and van buyers a grant of up to £8,000.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“The figures reveal a steady take up of ultra-green cars, but they also underline the fragility of the market. Of some 31 million cars on the UK’s roads, just 0.3% are ultra-low carbon.

“Encouragingly, the range of vehicles available for the public to buy continues to expand which demonstrates the automotive industry’s collective determination to offer people an alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles.”

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 Q2 2017 (the most recent date for which figures are available).

 

Rank

Quarter

Q2 2017

Q1 2017

Q4 2016

Q3 2016

Q2 2016

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(all variants)

         29,408

         27,677

         25,447

         23,751

         21,708

2

Nissan Leaf

         17,352

         16,501

         14,718

         14,063

         12,837

3

Mercedes-Benz C350 e

           7,629

           6,855

           5,890

           4,756

           3,337

4

BMW i3

(of which are Range Extenders)

7,597 (5464)

6,798 (4,903)

5,858 (4,198)

 5,217 (3,700)

 4,457 (3,131)

5

BMW 330e

           6,039

           4,873

           3,447

           2,552

           1,479

6

Tesla Model S

           5,575

           5,172

           4,454

           3,907

           3,312

7

Renault Zoe

           5,432

           5,212

           4,974

           4,744

           4,339

8

Volkswagen Golf GTE

           3,595

           3,341

           3,231

           3,059

           2,657

9

Hyundai IONIQ PHEV

           2,533

10

Volvo Xc90 T8 Twin Engine

           2,522

           2,184

           1,610

           1,159

               813

11

Nissan e-NV200

(all variants)

           2,324

           2,150

           1,886

           1,710

           1,487

12

Audi A3 e-tron

           2,084

           1,961

           1,806

           1,699

           1,634

13

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

           1,889

           1,785

           1,671

           1,667

           1,655

14

BMW i8

           1,711

           1,641

           1,549

           1,446

           1,307

15

Vauxhall Ampera

           1,266

           1,282

           1,278

           1,258

           1,267

16

Tesla Model X

           1,112

               666

                 42

17

BMW 225xe

               949

               771

               460

               290

               163

18

Renault Kangoo ZE

               876

               864

               838

               805

               785

19

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

(all variants)

               725

               701

               610

               484

               410

20

Volkswagen Passat GTE

               704

               447

               180

                 72

                   2

21

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

               636

               513

               515

               498

               475

22

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

               488

               425

               375

               333

               303

23

Peugeot Ion

               421

               418

               418

               413

               405

24

BMW 530e

               404

                 29

                  -  

25

Kia Soul EV

               328

               288

               245

               244

               193

26

Kia Optima Saloon PHEV

               312

               299

               231

               207

27

Mitsubishi i-Miev

               257

               257

               261

               255

               252

28

Citroen C-Zero

               230

               227

               227

               220

               213

29

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

               224

               210

               209

               213

               215

29

Hyundai IONIQ EV

               224

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

31

Audi Q7 e-tron

               181

                 79

                 62

                 68

32

Volkswagen e-up!

               171

               167

               164

               161

               154

33

Volkswagen e-Golf

               147

               137

               135

               129

               123

34

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

               121

               121

               124

               124

               125

35

Chevrolet Volt

               118

               119

               119

               121

               119

36

Renault Fluence

                 73

                 75

                 75

                 78

                 79

37

Toyota Mirai

                 32

                 30

                 12

                 12

                 11

38

Ford Focus Electric

                 22

                 21

                 22

                 22

                 22

39

Mia (all variants)

                 14

                 13

                 13

                 14

                 15

40

Smart ForFour Electric Drive

                 11

41

Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell

                    9

                 11

                 13

                 20

                 22

42

BYD e6

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

BD Otomotiv eTraffic

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

BD Otomotiv eDucato

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Citroen Berlingo EV

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Peugeot ePartner

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Smith Electric Smith Edison

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Mahindra e20

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Mercedes-Benz E350 e

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Mini Countryman PHEV

                  -  

                  -  

                  -  

=

Kia Niro PHEV

                  -  

Total

       105,745

         94,320

         83,169

         75,771

         66,375

 

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.

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. 

The current structure of the plug-in car and van schemes - and the grants available for particular models - are described here: 

https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants

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

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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