Published on May 17th, 2014 | by James Ayre


UK EV Sales Picking Up Steam

May 17th, 2014 by  

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, I can’t get sales data for all electric car models from the agency that collects and shares such info. The rationale I was basically given was that the numbers were too small for some models and they didn’t want to share them (and make a bad impression). Well, sales seem to be picking up, so maybe it won’t be too long before I can get model-specific sales data. πŸ˜€ Here’s more on the electric car sales pickup in the UK, via Planetsave:

UK Electric Car Sales Growing Fast (via Planetsave)

It appears that after much effort, and head-scratching, the UK’s EV sales are finally starting to pick up some steam, based on recent figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. More than 1,200 EVs were sold this March, as compared…

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  • dango-man

    Article is slightly wrong. There was 468 EVs sold march last year. See link below.

    Also April’s data is available as well.

    For a comparison against total sales see total UK sales below. The AFV is alterative fuel vehicle which includes hybrid vehicles and electrics vehicles.

  • wattleberry

    It looks as though the mileage has been getting progressively smaller c/w a few years back when I saw averages of c. 10,000 mpa. The exorbitant fuel cost has limited usage to essential trips with pleasure outings becoming a rare luxury; maybe this will change with EVs but the other deterrent, congestion due to using little of the huge tax take on roads infrastructure, will remain, once again reminding us of the looming issue of how to levy this in the medium term!

  • JamesWimberley

    Opinion-formers in Britain mainly work in London and commute by public transport. For an appointment they would take a taxi. The private car looms much less in their daily lives – possibly only used at weekends – and imagination than in smaller or less dense cities.

    • mike_dyke

      London itself is a very old city and as such wasn’t designed with the likes of cars in mind as was the case with most US cities. It was really built to cram in as many people as possible when you couldn’t build more than 2 stories.

      We’ve got the oldest tube system in the world which copes pretty well (most days) with moving Londoners around. Lots of buses (including a few electric and hydrogen ones) and we’ve also got the congestion charge area covering the centre of the city which charges an entry fee for those cars that produce too much co2.

      As a result, cars aren’t really welcome in London and tend to be more used in other cities where public transport isn’t quite as good.

  • mike_dyke

    Thanks for the update on the UK EV sales. We seem to be slightly behind everyone else, but once the cars are seen as a main car alternative, then they’ll probably rocket.

    • Nice to see it finally catching on. Do you happen to know average travel distances for Brits? I’d assume they are much shorter than in the US.

      • Just went and found that info:

        The average distance travelled per person per year fell by 7% since its peak of 7,208 miles in 2005, to 6,726 miles in 2010.

        The average trip length in Great Britain increased by 9% from 6.4 miles in 1995/97 to 7.0 miles in 2010.

        Wow, annual travel is almost 3 times farther in the US, and only 7 miles per day in the UK!

        • mike_dyke

          I found this for 2012


          I’m not surprised by the distances. Because the UK is a lot smaller than the US, we tend to do a lot more short trips in cars and only do the long distances for holidays.

          However, a lot of us have to commute to where the jobs are. I live in Bournemouth but work in London, so that’s about 200 miles per day by train which bumps the average up.

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