UK Plug-In Hybrid Sales UP

October 15, 2015 at 04:55 pm By Martin Robinson | Posted in Car Lease Deals

latest new car sales figure analysis has shown booming demand for plug-in cars.

Some 20,992 motorists have made the leap to plug-in hybrids and EVs so far in 2015 with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV topping the charts, outselling its nearest rival by more than two-to-one.

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Campaign group Go Ultra Low has analysed the latest sales figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and has today revealed plug-in hybrid sales especially are up 226.5 per cent, compared to 2014.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has won 9,303 sales so far this year and Mitsubishi are hoping to continue with the success of this vehicle with launch of the new model this week

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Speaking at the launch of the new Outlander this week, Mr Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Chairman and CEO, added: 'We greatly appreciate the significant progress the Mayor's initiatives in London have made to encourage the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. We are very proud that the Mayor has taken this opportunity to unveil our new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV here in Tokyo today.'

In line with a trend seen throughout this year, registrations of ultra-low emission vehicles continue to grow their share of the market, accounting for more than one per cent of car sales so far this year. That is up significantly from the same period in 2014 when 0.44 per cent of registrations were plug-ins.

The government anticipates that five per cent of new car registrations (around 100,000 units) will be ultra-low emission by 2020 - an expectation that appears on track in light of recent rises.

Lance Bradley, Managing Director, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, said: 'The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV along with forward looking and consistent Government policy on incentives is creating a market for plug-ins that will ultimately set the UK apart in global terms, by delivering the right balance of low emission driving, value for money, economy and practicality. This new model is another bold step in that direction.'

The Mayor of London's initiatives such as an ultra-low emission zone in London and his drive for more plug-in vehicles in the city have contributed to the success of the Outlander PHEV, and an increased level of interest from clients

Head of Go Ultra Low, Poppy Welch, said: 'The growth in plug-in car registrations is excellent news and in line with our expectations. This trend should continue over the course of this year as we know that motorists are keen to achieve maximum miles for the lowest cost, while minimising emissions and environmental impact.'

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