UK Plugin EV Share At 22%, Tesla Mannequin Y Total Runner Up

June noticed plugin electrical automobiles take 21.6% market share within the UK, up from 17.2% YoY. This regardless of a brief availability shortfall, stemming from pauses at Tesla Shanghai. Total auto volumes have been at 140,958 items, the weakest June since 1996. The Tesla Mannequin Y was the perfect promoting plugin in June, and the 2nd greatest promoting car of any powertrain.

June’s total plugin results of 21.6% comprised 16.1% battery electrics (BEVs), and 5.5% plugin hybrids (PHEVs). This compares to respective shares of 10.7% and 6.5% YoY.

As I’ve talked about in this month’s different studies, Tesla’s latest short-term Shanghai shutdowns put a notable dent within the firm’s European supply volumes in June, relative to its latest developments. Regardless of the Mannequin Y’s first rate putting, Tesla’s June UK quantity was really simply 43% of March’s quantity, a shortfall of round 7,000 items.

With out this short-term Tesla down-blip, June’s UK outcomes would have seen round 20% BEV share and round 25% plugins. And Mannequin Y would have simply taken the highest spot (it was solely 820 items quick, even with the headwinds). Issues needs to be again on development by September.

Plugless hybrids (each conventional, and delicate), having grown enormously in 2020 and H1 2021, have been fairly flat over the previous 12 months, oscillating round 28% share (+/- 3%). Proper now they’re at 28.7%, from 28.3% YoY.

These are clearly much less polluting (roughly 15% to 25%) than combustion-only powertrains. However because the UK now strikes shortly in the direction of plugins and ultimately full BEVs, plugless hybrids will probably be regarded again on as a brief transition know-how, revolutionary in 1997, however much less so in 2022, and are doubtless now close to their peak on this market.

Mixed combustion-only share dropped by 5% YoY, from 54.5% to 49.7%. Diesel passenger car new gross sales within the UK are on development to dwindle to underneath 2% in a few years from now.


Main BEV Manufacturers

Regardless of Tesla having a comparatively off month (and quarter), it nonetheless clearly led the UK model rankings, due to sturdy volumes of the Mannequin Y in June, in comparison with different BEVs. Tesla took 24.8% BEV share (down from 33.6% in March).

Month to month BEV rankings could be erratic relying on short-term allocation selections, and Tesla’s worldwide transport logistics all the time give it an outsized end-of-quarter. So let’s step again to the broader 3-month view:

Relative to Q1 2022, model rankings one and two have been unchanged in the latest quarter; Tesla and Kia. This regardless of Tesla’s Shanghai pauses halving its quarterly UK BEV share, from 24.8% to 11.5%.

Just a few manufacturers had first rate climbs in Q2, over Q1:

  • Hyundai up 2 spots from fifth to third
  • BMW up 2 spots from sixth to 4th
  • Vauxhall up 3 spots from ninth to sixth
  • Citroen up 9 spots from twenty first to twelfth

Most others stayed roughly steady, however a couple of manufacturers fell down the rankings:

  • Volkswagen dropped 2 spots from third to fifth
  • Mercedes dropped 5 spots from 4th to ninth
  • Nissan dropped 3 spots from eleventh to 14th
  • Ford dropped 5 spots from 14th to nineteenth

With new and probably very talked-about BEV fashions constantly approaching to the market (e.g. Renault Megane, MG4), there’s all to play for, and the ranks will little doubt be shaken up once more over the approaching months.


When it comes to group efficiency, the second quarter was a really shut race between the three main non-Tesla teams: Stellantis climbed impressively from 4th to 1st, switching locations with Tesla. Hyundai Motor Group dropped from 2nd to third, switching locations with VW Group.

Compared to the primary quarter of the 12 months, BMW Group climbed two spots to fifth (from seventh), knocking SAIC out of the highest 5 (for now). Count on Tesla to be again to #1 (and near its earlier ~25% share) by the tip of Q3 2022. The race between the following 3 teams — now so carefully competing — will probably be fascinating to observe.


With Tesla usually supplying as much as one third of the UK’s BEVs in a mean quarter, it’s halving of deliveries within the second quarter has in fact briefly dampened the nation’s headline progress. Until there are different near-term BEV-specific headwinds, issues needs to be again on development in Q3, and particularly in September. Demand for BEVs nonetheless far outstrips provide and most ready lists are 12 months lengthy.

Different issues being equal, I’d count on BEV share of 23-25% in September, plus one other 5% of PHEV share, so virtually 30% plugins mixed. In December, on latest developments, plugins might attain round 40%, with maybe 33% BEVs. Recall that December 2021 noticed 25.5% BEVs (and seven.7% PHEVs).

Nonetheless, different issues are not often equal. There are presently twin pressures within the UK of dramatic gas value inflation (making BEVs probably extra enticing), and a common inflation disaster plus looming recession threat (which could make BEV’s premium buy value extra of a stretch, even for folk who’ve been eagerly ready for 12 months).

Which of those forces will exert extra affect is tough to say, so take my above development forecast with a pinch of salt. I assume that — even when auto gross sales plummet because of recession — BEVs will nonetheless do comparatively effectively, i.e. when it comes to share, if not in absolute volumes.

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