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Leading alternative fuel car models in the UK H1 2020, by new registrations

According to figures provided by Dataforce, the Tesla Model 3 was the best-selling alternatively fueled vehicle in the United Kingdom in the first half of 2020. Close to 9,400 units were newly registered. However, Toyota was by far the most popular choice for car owners in the country. Of the leading ten entries, five were manufactured by the Japanese automobile giant.
This seems unsurprising, given that the Toyota Motor Company was the first car producer to include hybrid models in their line-up and claim to have since sold some 2.5 million hybrid cars in Europe. As of 2019, it was the most valuable brand within the automotive sector.

Toyota Yaris sales

The Toyota Yaris was launched in 1999, with its fourth generation expected to begin sales in 2020. It was originally fitted with a petrol engine, with the full hybrid line becoming available in 2012. Sales in Great Britain were particularly strong following the release of its first generation, with a peak of 36,600 units newly registered in 2003. Following the release of the full hybrid line, sales increased again until 2015, before declining between 2016 and 2018.

BEV and PHEV performance in the UK

In recent years, sales of battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) grew noticeably. Between the first quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2019, figures increased over seven-fold, reaching 13,809 in sales volume in the latter quarter. However, despite this positive trend, the second quarter of 2019 was the weakest since late 2017.

Leading models of alternative fuel passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by new registrations in the United Kingdom (UK) in the 1st half of 2020*

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

H1 2020

Supplementary notes

* Light commercial vehicles with a weight of up to 7 metric tons.

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