The all-electric car sales increased 62% year-over-year, but plug-in hybrids totally collapsed by over 50%!

The UK's plug-ins market is experiencing a major shift from mostly plug-in hybrids to mostly all-electric cars according to auto industry trade association SMMT. In June, for the very first time in 54 months (December 2014), Battery electric vehicles (BEV) sales were higher than plug-in electric vehicles (PHEV) sales.

However, the bad news is that the overall number of new registrations decreased by 22.4% to 4,729. The reason is a huge decrease in plug-in hybrid car sales.

  • BEVs 2,461 (up 61.7% year-over-year)
  • PHEVs: 2,268 (down 50.4% year-over-year)
  • Total: 4,729 (down 22.4% year-over-year) at market share of almost 2.1%

We expect more of the same in the next couple of months as there are new electric cars on the market (including Tesla Model 3 deliveries from June), while plug-in hybrids will be compared to strong months just before the end of the Plug-In Car Grant for PHEVs.

Plug-in Electric Car Registrations in the UK – June 2019


During the first half of this year, total registrations amounted to 26,898 (down 6.2% year-over-year):

  • BEVs 11,975 (up 60% year-over-year)
  • PHEVs: 14,923 (down 30% year-over-year)