UK hybrid sales will dwarf those of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles as automakers work to meet ever-increasing emissions requirements during the next decade. The prediction was reported in Motor Trades Insight can came from a RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Foundation study.

What does the RAC expect? Well, that hybrids could account for up to 50 percent of all the new cars sold in 2030. Meanwhile, annual plug-in sales by 2020 could hit 200,000, or about 10 percent of the number of cars sold in the UK last year. Plug-in sales may be spurred by a combination of lower vehicle costs and further tightening of emissions standards. Either way, just 3,600 electric cars have been sold in the UK since the government instituted plug-in subsidies of £5,000 ($7,700) per vehicle.

No model illustrates the hybrid/plug-in disparity better than the Toyota Prius. In the UK last year, the Japanese automaker sold almost 13,000 Prius hybrids. The number for Prius Plug-in sales since that model debuted in the UK last July was a bit smaller: just 470.


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      chanonissan
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is a stupid prediction, first electric car costs are reducing compare to 5 years ago, and newer and better batteries currently been studied, that can give more driving range. And we have one electric car capable of going 300 miles (telsa). Hybrids surely will play a great role , but also electric cars and fuel cell.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well hybrids dwarf plug-in sales in the USA too. They are much cheaper and people are more accustomed to them. Duh. Where is the news here? Plug-Ins are going one step further with electrification, only just recently came on the market, are more expensive up-front, and thus of course will lag behind a bit in sales. Duh!
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the car doesnt do what you want it to, it doesnt mattery how big the government subsidy is.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        The plug-in Prius does everything the Prius can do.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      2020 could hit 200,000 EV's. UK only brought 36 EV's in January sales were down -11.5%, wish l could share the optimism but l live in the real world.
        krona2k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Reggie
        Why don't you wait an see how many LEAFs are sold this year in the UK after the price drops, it should improve your optimism!
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the UK last year, the Japanese automaker sold almost 13,000 Prius hybrids 5,183 Prius hybrid sales last year.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having been responsible for the purchase of 18 EV's in the UK, I have been disappointed at the slow adoption rate of EV transport in Great Britain. I think the RAC's study reflects several reasons for the slow adoption of EV technology, despite relatively high gasoline prices, congestion charges etc. From my observation, I believe the main reasons for slow adoption are : 1) The UK car market is very conservative. 2) The dense nature of the cities, means far less garaging facilities for charging. 3) The preponderance of small ICE hatchbacks in the existing fleet 4) The failure of several UK EV technology companies, and the poor, 'joke-car' image created by EV quadracycles like the REVA/G-Whiz. 5) Poor marketing, and long delivery waits for vehicles such as the Vauxhall Ampera. 6) No UK designed model to arouse patriotic support. Just my opinion....
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like there are 470 smart people in the UK. With the petrol price as high as it is, you should want to motor around without using any.
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan
        Assuming you have some place to plug it in, and that it's range meets your need, and you can afford car and..
      brotherkenny4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares what some useless self appointed group of pliable industry stooges thinks? Are we free to make our own choices? If we are then I choose not to listen to this group of old worshipers of the status quo. "Oh my", they say "we shouldn't change so fast, it's so scary".
      Zapbrannigan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The low plugin sales volume in the uk is down to the mistrust and misinformation spread by the car shows such as Top Gear. Great TV show but the anti EV stance taken by the presenters created a overall negative opinion in the car loving community. Really is a shame given the cost of gas there.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zapbrannigan
        I don't know if that is a major cause but I'm sure their misinformation has contributed.
        krona2k
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Zapbrannigan
        Yeah it's really annoying, petrol (gas) is so expensive yet a solution that is suitable for many people is constantly rubbished in the press. I feel we're going to reach a tipping point in the next 2 or 3 years though where the general tone will become positive. I think I've already seen signs of improvement in reviews of the 2013 LEAF. Also there might at least be a dawning realization that oil is not going to be cheap again, at least not for any sustained period in the near future.
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