Almost 140,000 of greenest cars now on the road21 Jun 2018

Mitsubishi leads Nissan, BMW and Mercedes

The Mitsubishi Outlander remains the most common ultra-low emission car on the UK’s roads.

The latest data available show that at the end of Q1 2018 there were 33,964 of the plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle licensed.

Next comes the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf with 21,675 on the road.

Staying in third place is the BMW 330e (10,301) ahead of the BMW i3 and i3s (9,469 licensed).

Fifth is the Mercedes-Benz C350 e (9,127).

Analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation shows that at the end of Q1 2018 there were a total of 139,634 cars and vans licensed in the UK that are, or have been, eligible for the government’s plug-in grant schemes.

This is 10% higher than the 127,077 on the road at the end of the previous quarter (Q4 017) and 47% higher than the 94,636 on the road a year earlier (Q1 2017).

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 2018 (the most recent date for which figures are available). For example, the Audi Q7, BMW i8, Mercedes S500 Hybrid and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid are no longer eligible for the grant because they have a recommended retail price over £60,000 which puts them outside the current scheme.

Rank Make and Model Q1 2018 Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q2 2017 Q1 2017
1 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants) 33,964 32,048 31,002 29,408 27,677
2 Nissan Leaf 21,675 19,624 18,922 17,352 16,501
3 BMW 330e 10,301 9,143 7,402 6,039 4,873
4 BMW i3 and i3s (of which are the Range extender version) 9,469 (6,688) 9,024 (6,437) 8365 (6056) 7,597 (5,464) 6,798 (4,903)
5 Mercedes-Benz C350 e 9,127 8,867 8,634 7,724 6,855
6 Tesla Model S 7,448 6,972 6,217 5,575 5,172
7 Volkswagen Golf GTE 6,030 5,411 4,384 3,595 3,341
8 Renault Zoe 5,847 5,751 5,729 5,432 5,212
9 Volvo Xc90 T8 Twin Engine 3,740 3,338 2,979 2,522 2,184
10 Nissan e-NV200 (all variants) 2,791 2,639 2,598 2,324 2,150
11 BMW 530e 2,662 1,896 1,174 404 29
12 Audi A3 e-tron 2,452 2,402 2,348 2,084 1,961
13 Tesla Model X 2,401 2,114 1,686 1,112 666
14 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 2,359 2,087 2,005 1,889 1,785
15 Volkswagen Passat GTE 2,311 1,606 1,090 704 447
16 BMW i8 1,841 1,763 1,719 1,711 1,641
17 BMW 225xe 1,627 1,458 1,157 949 771
18 Mini Countryman PHEV 1,530 946 371 128
19 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 1,322 1,074 946 636 513
20 Vauxhall Ampera 1,275 1,269 1,265 1,266 1,282
21 Mercedes-Benz E350 e 1,064 901 820 583 271
22 Renault Kangoo ZE 985 929 904 876 864
23 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (all variants) 795 785 759 725 701
24 Kia Niro PHEV 752 289 137
25 Hyundai IONIQ PHEV 617 314 188
26 Kia Soul EV 535 465 377 328 288
27 Kia Optima Saloon PHEV 482 397 339 312 299
28 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive 475 481 489 488 425
29 Audi Q7 e-tron 434 350 260 181 79
30 Peugeot Ion 422 426 426 421 418
31 Volvo XC60 Twin Engine 413 177 41 9
32 Hyundai IONIQ EV 389 305 239 224
33 Volkswagen e-Golf 350 224 189 147 137
34 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (EQ) 338 324 260 228 210
35 Mitsubishi i-Miev 253 258 261 257 257
36 Citroen C-Zero 225 232 233 230 227
37 Volkswagen e-up! 186 187 176 171 167
38 Chevrolet Volt 121 120 120 118 119
39 Smart ForFour Electric Drive (EQ) 119 71 27 11
40 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid 109 118 121 121 121
41 Citroen Berlingo EV 74 66 61 51 45
42 Volvo V90 Twin Engine 67 43 17 1
43 Renault Fluence 65 72 71 73 75
44 LEVC TX (Taxi) 61 1
45 Volvo S90 Twin Engine 48 28 1
46 Toyota Mirai 45 44 41 32 30
47 Ford Focus Electric 15 17 19 22 21
48 Mia (all variants) 13 14 14 14 13
49 Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell 7 7 9 9 11
50 Jaguar I-PACE 3
51 BYD e6
= BD Otomotiv eTraffic
= BD Otomotiv eDucato
= Peugeot ePartner
= Smith Electric Smith Edison
= Mahindra e20
= LDV EV80 (all variants)
Total 139,634 127,077 116,592 104,083 94,636

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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