Leading passenger electric vehicle models in the UK 2019, by fleet size

The plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) version of the Mitsubishi Outlander was the most commonly found electric vehicle on roads in the United Kingdom in 2019. By February of that year, 41,265 units were registered in the country.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a compact crossover SUV and was introduced in 2013 as part of the model’s third generation launch. The Japanese automobile manufacturer sold over 21,000 passenger cars in the UK in 2018.

Most common electric vehicles in Europe

In the whole of the European Union, the Mitsubishi Outlander came in second in terms of cumulative registrations of electric vehicles. By February 2019, the fleet size of the PHEV model amounted to 99,921 units. The ranking was led by the Renault Zoe, which became available for retail customers a couple months prior to the Outlander PHEV. As of February 2019, close to 111,000 units of the plug-in electric car were registered in the EU.

Most popular electric vehicle type

PHEV’s were the second most popular type of electric vehicle in the UK in 2018. Roughly 43,000 such passenger cars were sold, up from 32,000 the previous year. Hybrid electric cars were the most sold out of all types of electric vehicles, although their growth rate was not as strong as for PHEV’s.

Top 10 passenger electric vehicle models by fleet size in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2019

Fleet size
Mitsubishi Outlander (PHEV)41,265
Nissan Leaf27,855
BMW 330e13,986
Mercedes C350e10,825
Volkswagen Golf GTE9,035
Tesla Model S8,675
BMW i3 Rex8,471
Renault Zoe8,056
BMW 530e7,287
Volvo XC90 (PHEV)4,501
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Release date

February 2019


United Kingdom

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Release date set as access date. Figures as of February 2019.

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