Thanks to a new article on Fleet World (Hat Tip to Mario), i can now post a more accurate ranking regarding UK sales.
An amazing 8.557 plug-ins were sold this year in the UK, with 6.114 of them being sold in March alone, not only it has broken its monthly record by a mile (The previous record was around 2.800 units, scored last September), but it is only the second country in Europe to pass the 5.000 units/month barrier (The Netherlands was the first in December '13), and only the fourth in the World to reach such heights (Besides the aforementioned Netherlands, the others were the USA and China), as consequence of this explosive growth, the EV Share jumped to 1,16%, well above the 0,56% recorded last year, or the paltry 0,16% two years ago...
Oh, and by the way, the UK is currently the largest market for plug-ins in Europe, ahead of France, Netherlands or Norway!
This growth event is mostly due to the arrival of the Outlander PHEV, which has sold an historic 3.180 units last month, and some 4.500 in this First Quarter. And now a couple of facts to understand the importance that the plug-in SUV has in Mitsubishi's general performance: The japanese carmaker sold a total of 5.609 units in the UK last month, and 7.970 YTD, making the Outlander PHEV their most successful product by a long shot...
The Nissan Leaf also did its best performance last month, selling near the four digit area (986 sales), for the first time ever in a single european market.
Regarding the rest of the ranking, the numbers are way smaller than the top two contenders, but the BMW i3 is a bit further ahead of the pack, in #3, with 652 units in the First Quarter, followed by its big brother BMW i8 (The highest position of the bavarian sports car in any major market), and the Renault Zoe.
A final reference for the good performance of the Audi A3 e-Tron, #6 with 234 sales, something that might grow significantly in the next few months.
|1||Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV||3.180||4.415|
Audi A3 e-Tron
Tesla Model S
Source: smmt.co.uk; samochodyelektryczne.org; Fleet World