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UK Plug-in Car Sales Rocket As Best Seller Revealed

Mitsubishi, Nissan and BMW dominate plug-in car market as motorists increasingly favour low emission vehicles.

UK plug-in car sales for 2016

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the United Kingdom's best selling plug-in and such vehicles are increasingly popular, Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders figures confirmed. Between January and March 2016, 10,496 plug-in vehicles found homes which represented a year-on-year rise of 22.7%. Total registrations then increased further to 16,056 throughout April and May 2016 (+33.6%).

About Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

New Outlander PHEV registrations totalled 19,945 in the fist quarter of 2016, in the United Kingdom. This sports-utility vehicle is powered by a 2.0-litre, petrol, engine and an electric motor. Much like a traditional hybrid, then. However, it has a strength that elevates it beyond lesser cars and helps make it a big seller.  

UK plug-in car sales for 2016

In some circumstances, a traditional hybrid travels a short distance using only its electric motor which is powered by a battery. In this configuration, it burns no fossil fuel and emits no pollutants. Once the battery is flat, an internal combustion engine provides much of the population and re-energises the battery.

The Outlander PHEV builds on this concept. In addition, the battery can be recharged via a cable which minimises the need to fire-up the more polluting, internal combustion, engine. This, of course, further minimises pollution and how much money is spent at the pump.

UK plug-in car sales for 2016

Top 10 best selling plug-in cars

The Nissan LEAF was the second best selling plug-in in the first quarter of 2016, so 12,469 found homes. Unlike the Outlander PHEV, it is fully electric so there is no internal combustion engine. On the plus side, it therefore never pollutes - but once the battery is flat there is no alternative power source to increase its range.

Other big selling plug-in vehicles included the: 

  • 3rd BMW i3 (4,065)
  • 4th Renault Zoe (3,918)
  • 5th Telsa Model S (2,826)
  • 6th Volkswagen Golf GTE (1,970)
  • 7th Mercedes-Benz C350 e (1,898)
  • 8th Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid (1,651)
  • 9th Audi A3 e-tron (1,445)
  • 10th Vauxhall Ampera (1,261)

Low emissions cars a “natural choice”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low that champions such vehicles, suggested: “Electric vehicles are becoming a natural choice for increasing numbers of new car buyers. With low running costs, tax exemptions and free parking in many locations, many more motorists should be considering a plug-in vehicle as their next car.”

Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP, added: “The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs, and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the United Kingdom being ultra-low emission by 2040.”