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Most Popular Electric Cars 2021

Considering buying an electric car, but not sure which one? It can help to understand which electric cars other British motorists are buying right now. To find out which EVs are most popular in the UK, we've dug into registration figures from the Department for Transport. Here's what we found.

Most Popular EVs in the UK

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most popular electric vehicle in the UK. At the end of 2020, there were 46,624 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs registered, which is 21% more vehicles than the second-most popular EV, the Kia e-Niro 64 kWh. Which makes it all the more interesting that Mitsubishi has stopped selling cars in the UK! The Nissan Leaf is the third most popular (35,950 registrations) followed by the Tesla Model 3 (32,438 vehicles).

UK Most Popular EVsLicensed cars at the end of 2020 in the United Kingdom
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV46,624
Kia e-Niro 64 kWh38,499
Nissan Leaf35,950
Tesla Model 332,438
BMW 330e25,574
BMW i319,813
Renault Zoe15,627
Jaguar I-Pace12,861
BMW 530e12,304
Tesla Model S10,266
Chart showing the most popular cars in the UK

To learn about the cost to insure these different vehicles, read our article on the Cost of Car Insurance for Electric Cars.

Most Popular Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs

Which Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER 4H PHEV CVT11,502
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 4H PHEV AUTO7,036
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 4H PHEV S-A5,906
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 3H PHEV AUTO3,124
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER 4HS PHEV CVT2,990
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER JURO PHEV CVT2,791
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 4HS PHEV S-A1,928
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 4HS PHEV AUTO1,883
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER DYNAMIC PHEV CVT1,620
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 3H + PHEV S-A1,342
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER 5HS PHEV CVT1,130
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER DESIGN PHEV CVT920
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER 5H PHEV CVT815
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 3H PHEV S-A631
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 5HS PHEV S-A551
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER EXCEED PHEV CVT535
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER EXCD SAFETY PHEV CVT424
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 5H PHEV S-A421
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER KOTU PHEV CVT231
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX5H PHEV S-A222
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER DYN SAFETY PHEV CVT208
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER 3H PHEV CVT146
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX5HS PHEV S-A142
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER VERVE PHEV CVT114
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX4H PHEV 4WORK S-A8
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX 5 PHEV AUTO2
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER GX3H 4WORK PHEV S-A1
MITSUBISHIOUTLANDER JURO COM PHEV 4W CVT1

Most Popular Kia e-Niro 64 kWh

Which Kia e-Niro trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Kia e-Niro trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
KIANIRO 2 S-A10,993
KIANIRO 4 EV4,835
KIANIRO 3 PHEV S-A4,246
KIANIRO 3 S-A3,640
KIANIRO 3 HEV S-A3,556
KIANIRO 2 HEV S-A3,468
KIANIRO 4 HEV S-A2,280
KIANIRO 4 S-A1,721
KIANIRO FIRST EDITION EV1,156
KIANIRO FIRST EDITION S-A969
KIANIRO 4 + EV765
KIANIRO 3 EV341
KIANIRO 2 PHEV S-A337
KIANIRO 1 S-A153
KIANIRO 2 EV39

Most Popular Nissan Leafs

Which Nissan Leaf trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Nissan Leaf trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
NISSANLEAF TEKNA8,897
NISSANLEAF ACENTA6,489
NISSANLEAF N-CONNECTA5,372
NISSANLEAF TEKNA 30KWH4,501
NISSANLEAF ACENTA 30KWH2,411
NISSANLEAF E + TEKNA2,243
NISSANLEAF1,348
NISSANLEAF ACENTA 24KWH953
NISSANLEAF 2.ZERO869
NISSANLEAF E + N-TEC641
NISSANLEAF TEKNA 24KWH485
NISSANLEAF VISIA347
NISSANLEAF BLACK EDITION318
NISSANLEAF E + 3.ZERO260
NISSANLEAF ACENTA FLEX251
NISSANLEAF TEKNA FLEX176
NISSANLEAF VISIA +112
NISSANLEAF 3.ZERO81
NISSANLEAF VISIA 24KWH68
NISSANLEAF ACENTA +51
NISSANLEAF VISIA FLEX48
NISSANLEAF E + N-CONNECTA17
NISSANLEAF VISIA FLEX +11
NISSANLEAF ACENTA FLEX +1

Most Popular Tesla Model 3

Which Tesla Model 3 trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Tesla Model 3 trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
TESLAMODEL 3 LONG RANGE AWD13,648
TESLAMODEL 3 STANDARD RANGE +10,216
TESLAMODEL 3 PERFORMANCE AWD8,574

Most Popular BMW 330e

Which BMW 330e trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different BMW 330e trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
BMW330E M SPORT AUTO16,880
BMW330E SPORT AUTO2,518
BMW330E M SPORT SHADOW EDITION A1,465
BMW330E SE PRO AUTO1,436
BMW330E SE AUTO1,410
BMW330E SPORT PRO AUTO914
BMW330E LUXURY AUTO290
BMW330E M SPORT + EDITION AUTO201
BMW330E XDRIVE M SPORT AUTO189
BMW330E M SPORT PRO EDITION AUTO177
BMW330E XDRIVE M SPORT PRO ED A53
BMW330E XDRIVE SPORT PRO AUTO21
BMW330E XDRIVE SE PRO AUTO20

Most Popular BMW i3

Which BMW i3 trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different BMW i3 trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
BMWI38,202
BMWI3 RANGE EXTENDER7,658
BMWi3S3,234
BMWI3S RANGE EXTENDER719

Most Popular Renault Zoe

Which Renault Zoe trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Renault Zoe trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
RENAULTZOE I GT LN RAPID CHARGE ZE 502,688
RENAULTZOE DYNAMIQUE NAV ZE 40 AUTO2,557
RENAULTZOE DYNAMIQUE NAV AUTO2,256
RENAULTZOE DYNAMIQUE INTENS AUTO1,560
RENAULTZOE I GT LINE ZE 501,338
RENAULTZOE I DYNAMIQUE NAV ZE 40 AUTO1,302
RENAULTZOE I ICONC RAPID CHARGE ZE 50928
RENAULTZOE I ICONIC ZE 50904
RENAULTZOE I PLAY ZE 50406
RENAULTZOE SIGNATURE NAV ZE 40 AUTO290
RENAULTZOE DYNAMIQUE ZEN AUTO236
RENAULTZOE I DYN NAV QUICK CH ZE 40 A224
RENAULTZOE DYN NAV QUICK CHRG ZE 40 A169
RENAULTZOE S EDITION NAV ZE 40 AUTO150
RENAULTZOE I SIGNATURE NAV ZE 40 AUTO92
RENAULTZOE EXPRESSION AUTO83
RENAULTZOE I S EDITION NAV ZE 40 AUTO76
RENAULTZOE I DYNAMIQUE INTENS AUTO66
RENAULTZOE DYN NAV RAPID CHARGE A62
RENAULTZOE EXPRESSION NAV AUTO52
RENAULTZOE SIGN NAV QUICK CHG ZE 40 A45
RENAULTZOE I DYNAMIQUE NAV AUTO41
RENAULTZOE I EXPRESSION AUTO31
RENAULTZOE I SIGN NAV QUIK CH ZE40 A30
RENAULTZOE I DYNAMIQUE ZEN AUTO13
RENAULTZOE EXPRESSION NAV ZE AUTO10
RENAULTZOE I DYN NAV RAPID CHARGE A7
RENAULTZOE I EXPRESSION NAV AUTO6
RENAULTZOE I EXPRESSION NAV ZE AUTO5

Most Popular Jaguar I-Pace

Which Jaguar I-Pace trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Jaguar I-Pace trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
JAGUARI-PACE EV400 HSE5,918
JAGUARI-PACE EV400 SE3,974
JAGUARI-PACE EV400 S2,589
JAGUARI-PACE EV400 FIRST EDITION380

Most Popular BMW 530e

Which BMW 530e trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different BMW 530e trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
BMW530E M SPORT AUTO9,259
BMW530E SE AUTO2,696
BMW530E XDRIVE M SPORT AUTO259
BMW530E XDRIVE SE AUTO49
BMW530E M SPORT EDITION AUTO28
BMW530E XDRIVE M SPORT EDITION A13

Most Popular Tesla Model S

Which Tesla Model S trims are most popular? Here are the numbers of the different Tesla Model S trim levels that are registered in the UK.

MakeModel & Trim2020 UK Registrations
TESLAMODEL S 75D2,376
TESLAMODEL S 90D1,537
TESLAMODEL S 100D1,105
TESLAMODEL S1,035
TESLAMODEL S LONG RANGE AWD914
TESLAMODEL S 75576
TESLAMODEL S 85D567
TESLAMODEL S P100D465
TESLAMODEL S PERFORM LUDICROUS AWD386
TESLAMODEL S P85D336
TESLAMODEL S 70D329
TESLAMODEL S 70164
TESLAMODEL S 60D154
TESLAMODEL S 60116
TESLAMODEL S P90D86
TESLAMODEL S P90D L43
TESLAMODEL S STANDARD RANGE AWD29
TESLAMODEL S PERFORMANCE AWD25
TESLAMODEL S 9021
TESLAMODEL S P852

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