Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Rise by 27% in the United Kingdom

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles Rise by 27% in the United Kingdom

Posted 06 June, 2018 at 13:29

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of Pronounce Concierge Service


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  • 3.1 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain in 2017 – a fall of 6%.
  • During 2017, over 53,000 new ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK.
  • Ultra-low emission vehicles accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations in 2017 – up from 1.2%.
  • The most common generic model of ULEV registered for the first time in 2017: the Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • In the UK, Birmingham holds the highest number of ULEV registrations – with 12,247 in Q4 2017.

It has been announced, Birmingham is to host the world’s first zero emission vehicle summit as exemplar of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Due to be held in September 2018, the summit will focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling notes: “The government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021.”

Inspired to identify the local authorities in the UK with the highest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles, private number plate specialists, click4reg.co.uk analysed data released by the Department for Transport in Vehicle Licencing Statistics: Annual 2017.

Rather aptly, the research conducted by click4reg found Birmingham to hold the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced at the end of quarter four, 2017 – with a total of 12,247 ULEVs. Thus, demonstrating the West Midland metropolis as a driving force for the cause.

In second place, came the local authority of Peterborough; with 8,910 ULEVs licensed at the end of Q4 2017. Slough (4,460), Milton Keynes (4,409) and Leeds (3,557) follow with substantial figures thereafter.

Closing the top ten local authorities with the highest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles, is Swindon (3,402), Bedford (1,628), Gloucester (1,552), Solihull (1,492) and Portsmouth – with 1,416 licensed, ULEVs registered at the end of Q4 2017.

The local authorities in the UK, with the lowest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles were found to be Weymouth and Portland (53), Middlesbrough (46), Eden (46), Barrow-in-Furness (44) and West Somerset – with 40 licensed, ULEVs in Q4 2017.

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles: The Facts

During 2017, 53,203 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered for the first time in the UK – up 27% from 41,837 in 2016.

This accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations – up from 1.2% in 2016 and 0.9% two years before.

Most of this increase is due to vehicles eligible for plug-in car and van grants. New registrations in 2017 included 46,058 cars and 1,241 LGVs of models that were eligible for these grants, which was 89% of all ULEVs registered for the first time.

The most common generic models of ULEV registered for the first time in 2017 were the Mitsubishi Outlander with 7,408, followed by the BMW 3 Series with 5,871 and the Nissan Leaf with 5,665.

The clear majority of ULEVs are hybrid electric or pure electric, as the use of battery energy reduces CO2 emissions.

At the end of 2017, 64% of licensed ULEV cars were petrol hybrid and 35% were pure electric in the UK. The remaining 1% were diesel hybrid and other technologies.

Notes to editors: Please see the infographic for visual representation of the data. If you use this press release, and/or graphic, please credit https://www.click4reg.co.uk/ with a clickable link.

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