September sales figures see boost for electric models

September proved a particularly strong month for electric vehicle registrations with more than 6,000 units sold, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures. This made it the third highest month for UK electric car sales ever.

Despite September traditionally being one of the key months for car sales in the UK because of the new registration plate, with 6,011 Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) eligible vehicles sold during September 2016, it represented almost 60 per cent growth over last year's figures.

Plug-in sales totaled 6,263 which includes those models such as BMW's 7 Series plug-in hybrid that aren't eligible for the PiCG on cost grounds. This was a slightly higher increase than the PiCG growth at almost 64 per cent versus September 2015.

As has been the trend for some time now, sales of plug-in hybrids significantly outstripped pure electric registrations - almost double those of battery electric models. The sector is around 70 per cent up on last year's sales, compared with pure electric's growth of 37 per cent. This growth for battery electric sales has seen a sharp turnaround from the past few months' figures which have recorded slight drops in registrations compared with 2015.

More than 28,000 PiCG eligible cars have been sold this year, already passing 2015's total PiCG sales with three months to go. PiCG sales mix remains at 1.3 per cent as an average for 2016, while more than 75,500 eligible cars have been sold since the grant came into effect in 2011.

SMMT September 2016 PiCG registrations

Table courtesy of SMMT

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:6th Oct 2016

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