17.9.2015Outlander PHEV remains top of plug-in sales charts
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV remains the most popular car for buyers purchasing vehicles that qualify for the government's plug-in car grant. In figures released today by the RAC Foundation, 12,066 Outlander PHEVs were sold in the last three months.
Following in second place is the Nissan Leaf with 9,773 sales and in third place is BMW's i3 on 2,484. The figures come from DVLA data and look at those that qualify for the plug-in car grant over Q2 2015.
Sales of plug-in cars continue to grow well but the rate of growth has slowed down compared to this time last year. At the end of Q2 2015, there are 35,241 plug-in grant eligible vehicles on UK roads, a rise of 19 per cent on the Q1 2015 figure of 29,673. It has however slowed down from Q1 2015's 38 per cent growth over the previous period.
Approximately 1 in every 1,000 cars and vans on the roads are plug-in models, with almost 35 million models in total. This includes all vehicles in those categories that are still running and were bought before the recent explosion in availabliity of plug-in vehicles.
Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation director, says: "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 Ultimately all ultra-green cars will have to stack up commercially when the grants are withdrawn.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 isnâ€™t stalling."
|Rank||Make & Model||Q2 2015||Q1 2015||Q4 2014|
|1||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||12066||9688||5273|
|5||Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid||1439||1395||1324|
|7||Tesla Model S||1047||903||698|
|9||Renault Kangoo ZE||719||693||663|
|11||Audi A3 e-tron||350||4||0|
|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|
|17||Smart ForTwo Electric Drive||215||216||205|
|19||Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid||138||76||14|
Source: RAC Foundation