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Mitsubishi Outlander remains the most popular electric vehicle on UK roads
19th April, 2018

The most common plug-in vehicle on UK roads is still the Mitsubishi Outlander, according the to the latest DVLA data.

There were 32,048 of the plug-in hybrid versions of the vehicle licensed at the end of 2017, with the pure electric Nissan Leaf of (19,624) the next most popular plug-in.

The BMW 330e (9,143) in third place pushed the BMW i3 and i3s into fourth (9,024), while the Mercedes-Benz C350e (8,867) was in fifth place.

At the end of 2017, there were a total of 126,857 cars and vans licensed in the UK that are, or have been, eligible for the Government’s plug-in grant schemes, according to analysis of DVLA data by the RAC Foundation.

This is 9% higher than the 116,534 on the road at the end of the previous quarter (Q3 2017) and 52% higher than the 83,224 on the road a year earlier (Q4 2016).

Steve Gooding, Director of the RAC Foundation, said: “These numbers show there has been solid, if not explosive, growth in the ultra-low emission car market, with some reports suggesting that public demand is outstripping the ability of the auto companies to supply enough of the latest models.”

“Of the grant-eligible vehicles on the road the plug-in hybrids continue to outnumber the pure battery-electric cars, at the end of 2017 by three to two.”

“Crucially, those drivers looking to visit the showrooms in the coming months, tempted by the new models on offer, will be asking whether the current level of Government grant will be maintained and for how long.”

Vehicles that are, or have been, eligible for the Government’s plug-in car and van grant schemes and which were on the road in the UK at the end of Q4 2017 (the most recent date for which figures are available).

For example, the Audi Q7, BMW i8, Mercedes S500 Hybrid and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid are no longer eligible for the grant because they have a recommended retail price over £60,000, which puts them outside the current scheme.

Source: Fleet News