Green car league table13 Apr 2018

Mitsubishi plug-in still top of green car league as BMW 330e leaps i3

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

At the end of 2017 – the latest data available – there were 32,048 of the plug-in hybrid version of the vehicle licensed.

Next comes the pure battery-electric Nissan Leaf of which there are 19,624 on the road.

Moving into third place is the BMW 330e (9,143) pushing the BMW i3 and i3s into fourth (9,024 licensed).

Fifth is the Mercedes-Benz C350 e (8,867).

Analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation shows that at the end of 2017 there were a total of 126,857 cars and vans licensed in the UK that are, or have been, eligible for the government’s plug-in grant schemes.

This is 9% higher than the 116,534 on the road at the end of the previous quarter (Q3 2017) and 52% higher than the 83,224 on the road a year earlier (Q4 2016).

The five models which saw the largest percentage increases in numbers between Q3 and Q4 were:

Make and Model  % change over quarter Increase in number of vehicles over quarter
Mini Countryman PHEV 154.99% 575
BMW 530e 61.50% 722
Volkswagen Passat GTE 47.34% 516
Audi Q7 e-tron 34.62% 90
Hyundai IONIQ EV 27.62% 66

 

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“These numbers show there has been solid, if not explosive, growth in the ultra-low emission car market, with some reports suggesting that public demand is outstripping the ability of the auto companies to supply enough of the latest models.

“Of the grant-eligible vehicles on the road the plug-in hybrids continue to outnumber the pure battery-electric cars, at the end of 2017 by three to two.

“Crucially, those drivers looking to visit the showrooms in the coming months, tempted by the new models on offer, will be asking whether the current level of government grant will be maintained and for how long.”

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 Q4 2017 (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 Q4 2017 Q3 2017 Q2 2017 Q1 2017 Q4 2016
1 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (all variants)            32,048          31,002            29,408          27,677          25,447
2 Nissan Leaf           19,624          18,922            17,352          16,501          14,718
3 BMW 330e              9,143            7,402              6,039            4,873            3,447
4 BMW i3 and i3s (of which are the Range extender version)  9,024 (6,437)  8,365 (6056)  7,597 (5,464)  6,798 (4,903)  5,858 (4,198)
5 Mercedes-Benz C350 e              8,867            8,634              7,724            6,855            5,890
6 Tesla Model S              6,972            6,217             5,575            5,172            4,454
7 Renault Zoe              5,751            5,729              5,432            5,212            4,974
8 Volkswagen Golf GTE              5,411            4,384              3,595            3,341            3,231
9 Volvo Xc90 T8 Twin Engine              3,338            2,979              2,522            2,184            1,610
10 Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)              2,639            2,598              2,324            2,150           1,886
11 Audi A3 e-tron              2,402            2,348              2,084            1,961            1,806
12 Tesla Model X              2,114            1,686 1,112                666                  42
13 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid              2,087            2,005              1,889            1,785            1,671
14 BMW 530e              1,896            1,174                  404                  29                   –
15 BMW i8              1,763            1,719              1,711            1,641            1,549
16 Volkswagen Passat GTE              1,606            1,090                  704                447                180
17 BMW 225xe              1,458            1,157                  949                771                460
18 Vauxhall Ampera              1,269            1,265              1,266            1,282            1,278
19 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid              1,074                946                 636                513                515
20 Mini Countryman PHEV                  946                371                  128                   –                   –
21 Renault Kangoo ZE                  929                904                 876                864                838
22 Mercedes-Benz E350 e                  901                820                  583                271                  22
23 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid (all variants)                  785                759                  725                701                610
24 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive                  481                489                  488                425                375
25 Kia Soul EV                 465                377                  328                288                245
26 Peugeot Ion                  426                426                  421                418                418
27 Kia Optima Saloon PHEV                  397                339                  312                299                231
28 Audi Q7 e-tron                  350                260                  181                  79                  62
29 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive (EQ)  324                260                  228                210                209
30 Hyundai IONIQ PHEV                  314                188                     –
31 Hyundai IONIQ EV                  305                239                 224                   –                   –
32 Kia Niro PHEV                  289                137                     –
33 Mitsubishi i-Miev                  258                261                  257                257                261
34 Citroen C-Zero                  232                233                  230                227                227
35 Volkswagen e-Golf                  224                189                  147                137               135
36 Volkswagen e-up!                  187                176                  171                167                164
37 Chevrolet Volt                  120                120                  118                119                119
38 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid                  118                121                  121                121                124
39 Renault Fluence                    72                  71                    73                  75                 75
40 Smart ForFour Electric Drive (EQ)                    71                  27                    11
41 Citroen Berlingo EV                    66                  61                    51                  45                  33
42 Toyota Mirai                    44                  41                    32                  30                  12
43 Volvo S90 Twin Engine                    28                     1                     –
44 Ford Focus Electric                   17                  19                    22                  21                  22
45 Mia (all variants)                    14                  14                    14                  13                  13
46 Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell                       7                     9                       9                  11                  13
47 LECV TX (Taxi)                       1
48 BYD e6                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= BD Otomotiv eTraffic                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= BD Otomotiv eDucato                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= Peugeot ePartner                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= Smith Electric Smith Edison                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= Mahindra e20                     –                   –                     –                   –                   –
= LDV EV80 (all variants)                   –
Total          126,857        116,534          104,073          94,636          83,224

 

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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