Pure EVs Still a Minuscule Fraction of UK Car Sales

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sales of battery-only electric cars are still rather failing to set the nation on fire. Despite the popularity of the new Nissan Leaf, the cheaper Renault Zoe, and the fact that no one ever stops talking about Tesla, pure EVs made up just 0.7 per cent of all car sales in the UK over the 12 months to the end of 2018.

If you include hybrids, with their reassuring spare combustion engines, sales in the "alternatively fuelled vehicles" sector were up by around 21 per cent over the year, with plug-in hybrids increasing their year-on-year sales by nearly 25 per cent. Pure, battery-only EVs were only up by 14 per cent over the course of the year, though, hitting a total of just 15,474 registrations during 2018. Out of a total of 2.36m cars sold.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders warns that the UK is lagging behind the EU when it comes growth rates of sales of full electric vehicles too, no doubt because of all the Top Gear repeats that are making us reluctant to move away from the old oil-fired vehicle norm. There was that time Jeremy couldn't find a charger, after all.

Still, sales of diesel cars are giving everyone something to laugh about, as they're absolutely cratering -- diesel registrations for the year to date are down very nearly 30 per cent on 2017's numbers, taking total UK car sales down by nearly 7 per cent with them. [SMMT via Guardian]