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ULEV registrations continue to soar

Registrations of ultra low emission vehicles continued to soar in the last quarter, latest DfT figures show.

Ultra low emission vehicles in London

DfT figures show 9,657 ULEVs were registered in the UK in April to June, up 49% on the same period last year

The data released today (8 September) shows that 9,657 ULEVs were registered in the UK in the last quarter (April to June), an increase of 49% on the same period last year and 253% on 2 years before.

Over the year to the end of June 2016, ULEVs represented 1.1% of all new registrations, compared with 0.8% over the previous year and 0.2% over the year before that.

Most of the increase in ULEV registrations has been accounted for by vehicles eligible for plug-in car and van grants. New registrations in April to June 2016 included 9,220 cars and 274 vans of models that were eligible for these grants, 51% up on the same period in 2015.

The DfT said the growth in ULEVs is being influenced by new models coming into the market, and increasingly, competitive pricing. The models with the most registrations in the latest quarter were the Mitsubishi Outlander (which first appeared in 2014) with 1,854, followed by the Mercedes C350 (first appeared last year) with 1,480 and the BMW 330 (which first appeared this year) with 1,143.

Roads 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.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.