Outlander PHEV remains top of plug-in sales charts

Outlander 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 Ultimately all ultra-green cars will have to stack up commercially when the grants are withdrawn.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 isn’t stalling."

Rank Make & Model Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2014
1 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 12066 9688 5273
2 Nissan Leaf 9310 8274 6838
3 BMW i3 2484 2186 1534
4 Renault Zoe 2062 1621 1356
5 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid 1439 1395 1324
6 Vauxhall Ampera 1250 1226 1169
7 Tesla Model S 1047 903 698
8 BMW i8 823 546 279
9 Renault Kangoo ZE 719 693 663
10 Nissan e-NV200 705 512 399
11 Audi A3 e-tron 350 4 0
12 Peugeot Ion 368 376 368
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
16 Mitsubishi i-Miev 252 254 266
17 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive 215 216 205
18 Citroen C-Zero 205 206 202
19 Mercedes-Benz S500 Hybrid 138 76 14
20 Chevrolet Volt 125 123 124
21 Volkswagen e-up! 124 130 118
22 Volkswagen e-Golf 88 83 47

Source: RAC Foundation

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:17th Sep 2015

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