The uptake in ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) increased by more than a quarter in 2017, according to figures released by the government.
In the Department for Transport’s Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Annual 2017, a rise in more environmentally friendly vehicles was highlighted, thanks to the fact that more than 53,000 new ULEVs were registered in the United Kingdom last year.
These vehicles, which emit less than 75g of carbon dioxide from the tailpipe for every kilometre travelled, have been rising at a rapid pace, particularly in the last four years.
From 2011, when the number of ULEVs registered as a percentage of all new registrations was under 0.3%, last year, that market share was at 1.7%.
In particular, the market share of these electric vehicles has really accelerated since 2013.
The release from the Department for Transport presents the latest statistics on licenses motor vehicles and is based on administrative data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
During 2017, 3.1 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain, which is 6% lower than the year before.
However, the story for ULEVs is much different. With 53,203 registered for the first time in the United Kingdom last year, this represents an increase of 27% from the number registered in 2016.
At the same time, there has been a sharp decline in the number of diesel cars registered in the United Kingdom. When compared to 2016, the number of these registered in 2017 was 17% lower and also the chief contributor to the overall decline in vehicle registrations.
The chief region for the rise in ULEVs and their registrations has been the fact vehicles are eligible for plug-in car and van grants. Of those registered for the first time in 2017, 46,058 cars and 1,241 LGVs were eligible for these grants.
It helped to take the market share up to 1.7% for 2017 – up from 1.2% one year before, and key to helping the government achieve its Clean Air Strategy.