UK’s EV growth ‘is severely lagging behind the rest of Europe’ 

Posted: May 20, 2019 by oldbrew in News, Subsidies, Travel
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Nissan Leaf electric car on charge [image credit: drive.co.uk]


Oh dear. Bribes not big enough any more? No sign of mass market take-up anyway.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association says 2018 sales of EVs were more than twice as high in France and Germany than in the UK, says Energy Live News.

That’s the verdict from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), which has published a new report showing the UK sold a total of 15,510 fully electric cars last year, a rate of 13.8% growth on 2017.

However, it highlights that average growth across the continent between the two years was 48.2%, rising to 53.2% among just EU member states.

Sales of EVs were more than twice as high in France and Germany than in the UK, selling 31,095 and 36,216 EVs respectively.

Norway sold a staggering total of 46,143, even though it has a much smaller population than the UK.

The report suggests one reason for the slower growth could be a reduction in government support – last year the UK Government cut the grant to help people buy fully electric cars from £4,500 to £3,500 and removed incentives for plug-in hybrids altogether.

The grant intends to help close the gap in cost between a new EV and their internal combustion engine equivalents – in many cases, the battery-powered version of a car can cost up to £10,000 more.

Despite being cheaper long-term, the high upfront costs associated with EVs have historically proven to be one of the main barriers to adoption.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    Norway allowed EV drivers to use bus lanes, leading to some people in cities (mostly Oslo) deserting buses and using an EV instead – which then slowed the progress of the buses.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plug-in_electric_vehicles_in_Norway#Criticism_of_the_incentives

  2. Joe Public says:

    Consumers vote with their wallet, and 99% of cars sold in UK last year had an ICE.

  3. Gamecock says:

    ‘The European Automobile Manufacturers Association says 2018 sales of EVs were more than twice as high in France and Germany than in the UK’

    An IQ test.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘Despite being cheaper long-term, the high upfront costs associated with EVs have historically proven to be one of the main barriers to adoption.’

    Wut? 2-year depreciation on a Nissan LEAF in the U.S. is 71%. SEVENTY-ONE PERCENT IN TWO YEARS !!!

    They are financially insane.

  5. ivan says:

    Ir would help if they gave the numbers by counties, regions etc. I expect that most of the French uptake of EVs is in Paris – I haven’t seen any out in the country and I suspect that it is the same in the other countries, London because of the congestion charge, Oslo because they can use the bus lanes and so on.

  6. ivan says:

    An addendum since I remembered that the costs of EVs v ICE came up on Jo Nova’s site in April

    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/04/labor-cars-plan-means-higher-emissions-more-pollution-more-coal-use-threatens-grid/

    Comment #1.3.1 and there is an update of the figures further down which include some depreciation at standard values but as Gamecock points out EVs don’t follow standard depreciation so things are worse.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Leasing is the best option for anyone who must have an EV. Battery degradation and the loss of value that goes with it is then someone else’s problem.

  8. tom0mason says:

    From https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/94714/new-car-sales-2018-uks-best-selling-cars-and-registration-figures “UK new car sales figures fell by 6.8%”.

    So if ordinary people are finding it hard to buy basic reliable ICE cars now, they’re unlikely to buy a more expensive new EVs with unknown reliability issues.
    And who gives a rat’s tail for what’s happening in the rest of Europe. Just because they are stupid enough to buy what their EU dictators tell them to that’s their look out. There’s absolutely no reason for the UK to follow suit!

    With all the faffing about this UK government has done with ensuring electricity will become less reliable and will increase in price (thanks Mr Gummer, or should that be Lord Crony, Balls and all the rest). So why should any sane person wish to buy an EV knowing that electricity price increases are in the pipeline?

  9. oldbrew says:

    “UK new car sales figures fell by 6.8%”.

    Fleets take a big part of new car sales in the UK so there may be a Brexit uncertainty effect there.

  10. E.M.Smith says:

    Saw a pickup truck ad here that had a price about 1/2 the cost of a house in rural Florida… $80,000. Part of new vehicle sales problem is just crazy high prices.

    California gets a 9.5% sales tax too. So that a more “reasonable” $50,000 car comes with a $4750 up front entry ticket. Then insurance, etc. Then the next year you get that fee again as use tax…

    So last new car I bought was in 1986…. and I have no plan to ever change that.

    Welcome to Cuba….

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