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

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Outlander pulls ahead of Nissan Leaf

26 OCTOBER 2017 - PLEASE NOTE THAT AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS PRESS RELEASE IDENTIFIED THE HYUNDAI IONIQ PHEV AS BEING AT NUMBER 9 IN THE LIST BELOW OF MOST COMMON PICG-ELIGIBLE VEHICLES ON THE ROAD. HOWEVER A CATEGORISATION ERROR IN THE OFFICIAL DATA MEANS THE FIGURES FOR THIS CAR ARE NOT RELIABLE. THEREFORE IT HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REMOVED FROM THE LIST PENDING CLARIFICATION. OTHER TOTALS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY.

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 103,212 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 55% 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 Make and Model 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 Range Extender version) 7,597 (5,464) 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 Volvo Xc90 T8 Twin Engine            2,522            2,184            1,610            1,159                813
10 Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)            2,324            2,150            1,886            1,710            1,487
11 Audi A3 e-tron            2,084            1,961            1,806            1,699            1,634
12 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid            1,889            1,785            1,671            1,667            1,655
13 BMW i8            1,711            1,641            1,549            1,446            1,307
14 Vauxhall Ampera            1,266            1,282            1,278            1,258            1,267
15 Tesla Model X            1,112                666                  42
16 BMW 225xe                949                771                460                290                163
17 Renault Kangoo ZE                876                864                838                805                785
18 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (all variants)                725                701                610                484                410
19 Volkswagen Passat GTE                704                447                180                  72                    2
20 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid                636                513                515                498                475
21 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive                488                425                375                333                303
22 Peugeot Ion                421                418                418                413                405
23 BMW 530e                404                  29                   -  
24 Kia Soul EV                328                288                245                244                193
25 Kia Optima Saloon PHEV                312                299                231                207
26 Mitsubishi i-Miev                257                257                261                255                252
27 Citroen C-Zero                230                227                227                220                213
28 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive                224                210                209                213                215
28 Hyundai IONIQ EV                224                   -                     -                     -  
30 Audi Q7 e-tron                181                  79                  62                  68
31 Volkswagen e-up!                171                167                164                161                154
32 Volkswagen e-Golf                147                137                135                129                123
33 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid                121                121                124                124                125
34 Chevrolet Volt                118                119                119                121                119
35 Renault Fluence                  73                  75                  75                  78                  79
36 Toyota Mirai                  32                  30                  12                  12                  11
37 Ford Focus Electric                  22                  21                  22                  22                  22
38 Mia (all variants)                  14                  13                  13                  14                  15
39 Smart ForFour Electric Drive                  11
40 Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell                     9                  11                  13                  20                  22
41 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                   -                     -                     -  
= Hyundai IONIQ PHEV                   -  
= Kia Niro PHEV                   -  
Total        103,212          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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