Ultra-green car league table15 Dec 2017

Mitsubishi Outlander remains top

The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid has held 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 31,002 Outlanders on the road at the end of September 2017, up 1,594 on the previous quarter.

This compares with the 18,922 Leafs, up 1,570 on the previous quarter.

Third came the Mercedes-Benz C350 e (8,634), followed by the BMW i3 (8,365) and the BMW 330e (7,402).

Overall, at the end of September 2017, there were 116,525 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 54% higher than the 75,797 vehicles on the roads at the end of September 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:

“These figures show that despite the slump in sales of new diesel cars we are still waiting for the moment when the ultra-green vehicle market really takes off.

“Electric vehicles are becoming more common they are yet to become an everyday sight. While the 50% year-on-year growth is encouraging the low overall total shows why the government commitment to incentives made in the Budget is so important.”

The latest SMMT data shows that in the year to the end of November new car registrations of 2,388,144 was down by 5% or 126,620 vehicles on the same period in 2016. Diesel registrations have fallen sharply – down 16% year-on-year – and have only partially been offset by rises in registrations of petrol and alternatively fuelled vehicles.

Table: 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 Q3 2017.

Rank Make and Model

Q3 2017

Q2 2017

Q1 2017

Q4 2016

Q3 2016

1 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(all variants)*

31,002

29,408

27,677

25,447

23,751

2 Nissan Leaf

18,922

17,352

16,501

14,718

14,063

3 Mercedes-Benz C350 e

8,634

7,724

6,855

5,890

4,756

4 BMW i3

(of which are Range Extender version)

8,365

(6056)

7,597 (5,464)

6,798 (4,903)

5,858 (4,198)

5,217 (3,700)

5 BMW 330e

7,402

6,039

4,873

3,447

2,552

6 Tesla Model S

6,217

5,575

5,172

4,454

3,907

7 Renault Zoe

5,729

5,432

5,212

4,974

4,744

8 Volkswagen Golf GTE

4,384

3,595

3,341

3,231

3,059

9 Volvo Xc90 T8 Twin Engine

2,979

2,522

2,184

1,610

1,159

10 Nissan e-NV200 (all variants)*

2,598

2,324

2,150

1,886

1,710

11 Audi A3 e-tron

2,348

2,084

1,961

1,806

1,699

12 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

2,005

1,889

1,785

1,671

1,667

13 BMW i8

1,719

1,711

1,641

1,549

1,446

14 Tesla Model X

1,686

1,112

666

42

15 Vauxhall Ampera

1,265

1,266

1,282

1,278

1,258

16 BMW 530e

1,174

404

29

17 BMW 225xe

1,157

949

771

460

290

18 Volkswagen Passat GTE

1,090

704

447

180

72

19 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

938

636

513

515

498

20 Renault Kangoo ZE

904

876

864

838

805

21 Mercedes-Benz E350 e

820

583

271

22

22 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

(all variants)

759

725

701

610

484

23 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

489

488

425

375

333

24 Peugeot Ion

426

421

418

418

413

25 Kia Soul EV

377

328

288

245

244

26 Mini Countryman PHEV

371

128

27 Kia Optima Saloon PHEV

339

312

299

231

207

28 Mitsubishi i-Miev

261

257

257

261

255

29 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

260

228

210

209

213

29 Audi Q7 e-tron

260

181

79

62

68

31 Hyundai IONIQ EV

239

224

32 Citroen C-Zero

233

230

227

227

220

33 Volkswagen e-Golf

189

147

137

135

129

34 Hyundai IONIQ PHEV

188

35 Volkswagen e-up!

176

171

167

164

161

36 Kia Niro PHEV

137

37 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid

121

121

121

124

124

38 Chevrolet Volt

120

118

119

119

121

39 Renault Fluence

71

73

75

75

78

40 Citroen Berlingo EV

61

51

45

33

26

41 Toyota Mirai

41

32

30

12

12

42 Smart ForFour Electric Drive

27

11

43 Ford Focus Electric

19

22

21

22

22

44 Mia

14

14

13

13

14

45 Daimler Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell

9

9

11

13

20

46 BYD e6

= BD Otomotiv eTraffic

= BD Otomotiv eDucato

= Peugeot ePartner

= Smith Electric Smith Edison

= Mahindra e20

= LDV EV80

Total

116,525

104,073

94,636

83,224

75,797

 

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.

*The Mitsubishi Outlanders on the road are predominantly SUVs however a number will be commercial van versions. Most Nissan e-NV200s will be commercial vans though a number will be seven-seaters.

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.

SMMT new car registration data for November 2017:

https://www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/car-registrations/

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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