UK EV SALES
Global ranking, EV market share of national fleet
A Plug-In Car Grant introduced in 2011 provides for a £4,500 ($6,300) purchase credit. A Plug-In Van Grant was introduced in 2012 allowing electric light commercial vehicles to qualify for a higher purchase credit of £8,000 ($11,200). PHEV’s below £60,000 ($84,000) qualify for an incentive of £2,500 ($3,500).
The UK entered the Top 10 list in 2015 in the 8th position, outdoing the USA and Japan.
Registration Of Top Selling Plug-In Electric Vehicles By Model In the UK
UK EV SALES IN THE NEWS
2017 Week 13 - Two surveys show popularity of EV's in UK
News from the past week shows the that the pendulum is swinger quicker than expected for electric vehicles. The results of two surveys in the UK this week was a clear indication that demand for electric vehicles is much more than most automakers anticipated. Google searches for the electric vehicles has also surged by 127%.
A survey by Venson Automotive Solutions shows that 85% of respondents from a survey in the UK are now seriously considering buying an EV. Reading between the lines, wattEV2Buy finds it significant that range is no longer the deterring factor when prospective buyers are considering buying an EV. For long, most respondents to such surveys cited range as overarching reason for not buying an EV. In the Venson Survey, a lack of charging stations was the biggest reason for prospective buyers to put off the buying decision. In a separate survey by Carbuyer, 61% of respondents said they would not buy diesel vehicles again because of “diesel gate,” the spectacular “own goal” by big auto. Diesel sales were down 9% in the UK for the month of February while plug-in vehicles rose by 49%.
Most automakers have caught on to the shift, but not aggressive enough, while others are being forced to produce plug-in electric vehicles. Labor organizations within Audi have asked management to build more electric vehicles, as some of the factory units fear missing out on the technology will lead to job losses. Hyundai was forced by shareholders to shift focus on Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles to plug-in electric vehicles, while Daimler has accelerated its massive $10 billion planned investment in EV’s. All these turnarounds in strategy pale in comparison to that of Sergio Marchionne, FIAT Chrysler‘s CEO, but more Hyundai, FIAT, and Daimler later in the post.
2017 Week 5 - Scotland Yard to build a green fleet of police cars.
To support the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s efforts to combat air pollution in the city the London Metropolitan Police Service, also know as Scotland Yard launched a new green fleet of over 250 new energy vehicles by the end of the year. Tesla and other automakers have been approached to trail their new energy vehicles for front line operations as part of the first phase, which would eventually see the overhaul of Scotland Yards fleet of 4000 vehicles.
2016 Week 41 - Incentives
2. Legislation promoting the sale of electric vehicles, one of the key pillars for growing the new technology, has gained traction in the last week with new draft proposals being put forward in Europe, the UK, and the USA. New European legislation expected by the end of 2016 would require that all new and refurbished homes be equipped with electric vehicle charging points from 2019. Further, it would be required by 2023 that 10% of all public parking space should include charging facilities. In the UK the draft Clean Air Framework published on Tuesday tabled proposals which included EV’s to use bus lanes, the right to go first at traffic lights and cheaper parking. In the USA, Senator Sherrod Brown (Ohio Democrat) introduced the Electric Vehicle Credit Act which aims to introduce a non-taxable employee benefit to promote electric vehicles.
2016 Week 35 - UK Gov not doing enough for EV's
1. The UK Governments influential Environmental Audit Committee this week announced that the government is falling short in providing measures to enable the switch to electric vehicles. The UK targets 9% penetration by EV’s of the total vehicle fleet by 2020. Forecast by the Department of Transport, however, predict a figure of between 3% and 7% based on current trends. There is an urgent need to address the situation by implementing incentives and other measures to address ownership and infrastructure deficits.
2016 Week 31 - Tipping Point
1. The tipping point in favour of EV’s is linked so much to the price of Li-ion batteries as it is to charge networks. In the relationship with charging stations, it is more a chicken-egg situation, where the uptake of EV’s is coupled to available infrastructure which is again dependent on demand of EV. A recent report by NISSAN Moto GB in the UK has found that the tipping point has been reached and that there will be more charging stations than fuel stations in the country by 2020. In other charging station, related news the San Diego-based company Qualcomm has licensed its wireless charging technology to LEAR, a leading supplier of electrical systems to the international motor sector.
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A deeper analysis of the UK electric vehicle sales showed a significant rise of the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) component, rising 34%, or around 800 units in March from the year before.