Ultra-green cars - latest on-the-road figures 18 Sep 2015

Mitsubishi tops ultra-green car league table as overall sales growth halves

The Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid remains the most common ultra-green car on the road in the UK.

However overall sales growth of the greenest vehicles slowed in the last quarter.

There were 12,066 Outlanders licensed at the end of Q2 2015, compared with 9,773 at the end of Q1 2015 – a 23% increase.

By comparison there were 9,310 pure battery-powered Nissan Leafs, a 13% increase on the 8,274 figure three months earlier.

Third in the list of licensed vehicles that qualify for the government’s plug-in car and van grants is the BMW i3 (2,484, up 14%).

The figures are revealed in analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation.

Overall, at the end of Q2 2015 there were 35,241 vehicles on the road in the UK that were eligible for the grants, a rise of 19% on the Q1 2015 figure of 29,673. But this is down from the 38% growth during the previous quarter.

To put these numbers in perspective, in the UK there are 30.9m cars and 3.7m vans. Therefore those vehicles licensed and eligible for the plug-in car and van grants make up 0.1% of the total: roughly 1 in every 1,000.

This is the list of the top-20 vehicles on the road - as of the end of Quarter 2 2015 - which are or have been available under the plug-in car grant scheme (worth up to £5,000 per vehicle) and the plug-in van grant scheme (worth up to £8,000 per vehicle).

Rank

Make and Model

Q2 2015

Q1 2015

Q4 2014

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants)

12066

9773

5273

2

Nissan Leaf

9310

8274

6838

3

BMW i3

2484

2186

1534

4

Renault Zoe

2062

1621

1356

5

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

1439

1395

1324

6

Vauxhall Ampera

1250

1226

1169

7

Tesla Model S

1047

903

698

8

BMW i8

823

546

279

9

Renault Kangoo ZE

719

693

663

10

Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)

705

518

399

11

Audi A3 e-tron

570

300

66

12

Peugeot Ion

368

376

368

13

Volkswagen Golf GTE

350

4

0

14

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

336

301

241

15

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

299

275

232

16

Mitsubishi i-Miev

252

254

266

17

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

215

216

205

18

Citroen C-Zero

205

206

202

19

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

138

76

14

20

Chevrolet Volt

125

123

124

 

Note: As of today there are 36 models that are, or have been, eligible for the plug-in car and van schemes. The full list is in notes to editors. Some of the vehicles above might have been bought without the grant. Others might be licensed to manufacturers and dealers rather than customers.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“The march of Mitsubishi continues with the latest data showing the Outlander plug-in hybrid extending its lead over the Nissan Leaf as the most popular ultra-green car in the UK.

“The success of the Outlander looks to be down to three things: a high-profile advertising campaign, good range, and probably most importantly competitive pricing which makes it as affordable to buy as the diesel equivalent.

“But that price is dependent on the government grant. Ultimately all ultra-green cars will have to stack up commercially when the grants are withdrawn. What ministers must ensure is that both consumers and manufacturers have a clear idea of when and how the scheme will come to an end.

“The interesting question is whether Mitsubishi are making money from this model or using it as a loss leader to gain market share and drive out competitors.

“It is worth noting that the growth in the number of ultra-low carbon vehicles on the road slowed significantly in the latest quarter compared with the previous. This is probably due to seasonal variations in car buying volumes but industry and ministers will be keeping a keen eye on the trends to make sure demand isn’t stalling.”

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. 

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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This is the full list of vehicles that are, or have been, available under the government’s plug-in car and van grant schemes and how many were licensed as of the end of Q2 2015 (with Q1 2015 and Q4 2014 as comparisons).

Rank

Make and Model

Q2 2015

Q1 2015

Q4 2014

1

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants)

12066

9773

5273

2

Nissan Leaf

9310

8274

6838

3

BMW i3

2484

2186

1534

4

Renault Zoe

2062

1621

1356

5

Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

1439

1395

1324

6

Vauxhall Ampera

1250

1226

1169

7

Tesla Model S

1047

903

698

8

BMW i8

823

546

279

9

Renault Kangoo ZE

719

693

663

10

Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)

705

518

399

11

Audi A3 e-tron

570

300

66

12

Peugeot Ion

368

376

368

13

Volkswagen Golf GTE

350

4

0

14

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

336

301

241

15

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

299

275

232

16

Mitsubishi i-Miev

252

254

266

17

Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

215

216

205

18

Citroen C-Zero

205

206

202

19

Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

138

76

14

20

Chevrolet Volt

125

123

124

21

Volkswagen e-up!

124

130

118

22

Volkswagen e-Golf

88

83

47

23

Renault Fluence

71

69

73

24

Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

61

29

0

25

Kia Soul EV

53

35

20

26

Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell

27

25

23

27

Ford Focus Electric

23

23

19

28

Mercedes-Benz C350 e

19

0

0

29

Mia (all variants)

12

13

14

30

BYD e6

0

0

0

=

BD Otomotiv eTraffic

0

0

0

=

BD Otomotiv eDucato

0

0

0

=

Citroen Berlingo EV

0

0

0

=

Peugeot ePartner

0

0

0

=

Smith Electric Smith Edison

0

0

0

=

Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine

0

   

 

TOTAL

35,241

29,567

21,504

 

 

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