2023 (Full Year) Britain: Top-Selling Electric Car Models in the UK

In full-year 2023, the best-selling battery electric car models in Britain were the Tesla Model Y and the MG 4.

In full-year 2023, the best-selling battery electric car models in Britain were the Tesla Model Y and the MG 4.
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2023 (January to December): The Tesla Model Y was the best-selling electric car model in Britain for the second consecutive year. A new model, the MG 4 was the second most popular while the Audi Q4 e-tron was third. Although battery-electric car sales increased by 17.8% in Britain in 2023 to 314,687 vehicles, the market share of electric cars actually slipped slightly to 16.5%.

In 2023, the new car market in Britain expanded by 17.9% to 1,903,054 newly registered passenger vehicles. Volkswagen was the top-selling brand in the UK. The Ford Puma was the favorite car model of the British in 2023 and the Tesla Model Y was the best-selling battery-electric car in the UK.

Latest British Car Sales Data: 2023: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric; 2022-2008.

Ten Best-Selling Electric Cars in Britain in 2023 (Full Year)

The ten most popular battery-electric car models in the UK in 2023 according to the SMMT were:

R23Brand & ModelSales 2023Sales in 2022
1Tesla Model Y35,89935,551
2MG 421,715
3Audi Q4 e-tron16,7576,594
4Tesla Model 313,53619,071
5Polestar 212,5427,345
6Volkswagen ID.310,2959,832
7Kia e-Niro10,08411,197
8BMW i48,9406,699
9Volkswagen ID48,495
10Skoda Enyaq iV8,136
11Source: SMMT

Britain鈥檚 Favorite Electric Car Models in 2023

In 2023, for the second consecutive year, the Tesla Model Y was the top-selling electric car model in Britain. However, sales volume for the Model Y was only about 350 cars more than a year ago.

The MG 4 took second place while the Audi Q4 e-tron improved from tenth to third.

Last year’s second most popular electric car in Britain, the Tesla Model 3 slipped to fourth with lower sales. In 2021, when competition was much weaker, the Model 3 was the top-selling electric car model with sales of nearly 35,000.

The Polestar 2 improved two rank positions while the Volkswagen ID.3 slipped two and the Kia e-Niro was down from third to seventh. The BMW i4 improved one rank position.

The VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq iV are new entrants onto the top-ten list.

Overall, BEVs accounted for one in six new cars registered in Britain in 2023, with the majority taken by business and fleet buyers who benefit from compelling tax incentives.聽In contrast, only one in 11 private buyers chose a BEV. The industry typically called for government support and tax incentives rather than producing cheaper electric cars that private buyers could afford. In the UK as in much of Europe, European carmakers are ignoring the lower end of the electric car markets, which could be a very risky strategy given that Chinese carmakers are likely to increasingly focus on exports as the domestic electric car market cools down.

In 2023, the new car market in Britain expanded by 17.9% to 1,903,054 newly registered passenger vehicles. Volkswagen was the top-selling brand in the UK. The Ford Puma was the favorite car model of the British in 2023 and the Tesla Model Y was the best-selling battery-electric car in the UK.

Latest British Car Sales Data: 2023: Market Overview, Brands, Models, Electric; 2022-2008.

About the author:

Henk Bekker

Henk Bekker is a freelance writer with over 20 years of experience in online writing. His best-selling cars website has been reporting car sales statistics since 2008 with classic car auction prices focusing on the most expensive automobiles sold at public auctions in the past decade. He also owns the travel websites European-Traveler.com and Lake Geneva Switzerland. Henk holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance from the University of London.