Tesla Dominates Battery Electric Car Sales in the UK in September, Led by Model Y

Plugin vehicle shares in the UK reached 22.4 percent, up from 21.6 percent year over year, according to CleanTechnica.

The figure is made up of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) at 16.9 percent and plugin hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at 5.5 percent of the overall market share. A year ago, these figures landed at 15.2 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively.

PHEVs are slowly losing ground in the market, signaling an overall shift to BEVs. The current share of PHEVs dropped 2 percent from the second half of 2021, in which the technology reached its peak sales in the UK.

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CleanTechnica reports that range extension hybrids, which are typically categorized as PHEVs, could help revive the vehicle type, though BEVs will likely continue to overtake them in the coming months and years with increased competition.

Petroleum vehicles landed a 40.7 percent share in September, representing a 2.1 percent drop year over year from last September’s 43.8 percent petrol market share.

Tesla also took the top spot in BEV brand market share with a whopping 30.4 percent. The Model Y alone took 21.8% of September sales, at 8,315 out of total 38,116 BEV sales.

The rest of the top five was made up by BMW (9.3 percent), MG (8.3 percent), Mercedes (6.9 percent) and Nissan (6.3 percent).

Tesla has previously stated the Model Y is on track to become the best-selling car globally by unit sales in 2023.