Record number of ultra-low emissions vehicles on the roads of Britain

New official figures from the Department for Transport show that a record number of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) are on the roads of Britain, showing more people are selling a car run on fossil fuels and switching to a greener way of driving.

DfT figures show 9,657 ULEVs were registered in the UK in the last quarter (April to June), which is an increase of 49% year-on-year and a massive 253% up on two years ago!

This increase is following the extension of the plug-in car and van grant scheme, says the DfT, which is allowing over 100,000 additional drivers to benefit until at least 2018.

In addition to this extension, the government is set to spend £600 million to support the rise in ULEVs to achieve the target of all cars and vans to be zero-emissions by 2050. They believe the move to electric vehicles will cut UK emissions by 80% by 2050.

Speaking of the latest figures, Transport Minister John Hayes said: “I am delighted to see more drivers than ever are choosing electric vehicles. As awareness of the benefits grows, even more motorists will buy these cleaner, greener vehicles, which are cheaper to run. These statistics show our investment is making a real difference in encouraging people to choose electric and help protect the environment.”

The figures also revealed the total number of vehicles registered in the quarter was up by 2% year-on-year to 805,000 – the first time this figure has broken the 800,000 mark since 2003.