Top plug-in car sales for the UK revealed

Latest figures reveal nearly 60,000 electric or plug-in cars have been registered in the UK

 

Sales for electric cars are continuing to grow across the UK and the latest figures reveal that nearly 60,000 electric or plug-in vehicles have been registered.

Almost one-third of sales are for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV but a wide range of different models are now available on the market.

There were 19,945 plug-in hybrid electric Mitsubishi Outlander’s registered before April 2016, according to figures from DVLA, which have been analysed by the RAC Foundation. The Outlander has out-sold the number two top selling electric or plug-in car, the Nissan Leaf, by over 7,000.

Electric cars on the rise in the UK

Electric cars on the rise across the UK

 

However, the Nissan Leaf remains the best selling battery-electric car in the UK, with sales up to the same time period of 12,469.

The Nissan Leaf has an electric-only drivetrain, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, in addition to the batteries and electric motor.

The BMW i3 came third, with over 4,500 registrations up until April 2016. The BMW i3 has a choice of two drivetrains, allowing owners to choose which spec to go for.

To date, there are 58,469 electric or plug-in cars registered in the UK, a figure that has grown by 10,549 since the end of last year.

Competition is fierce and Mitsubishi now have to keep their eyes on Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, who have been recognised as delivering the two cars with the greatest growth in sales.

Sales for the Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid have grown by 1,400% over the last year and the Mercedes-Benz C350 e, has seen a rise in sales of 200%.

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