YtD demand for ultra-low emission cars up 138.5%
Latest SMMT figures show that 20,992 ultra-low emission cars were registered between January and September this year, up 138.5% against the same period for 2014.
Plug-in hybrid registrations saw significant growth, rising 226.5% from 4,300 to 14,041 for the year-to-date.
As a result, ultra-low emission vehicles continued to grow their share of the new car market, taking more than 1% share for the year so far compared to 0.44% for the same period in 2014.
Looking at the split by models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV led the way, with 9,303 registrations since the start of 2015 compared to 2,731 for the first nine months of 2014. In second place was the Nissan LEAF, which racked up 4,285 registrations compared to 2,969 last year, while BMW’s i3 came in third, also nearly doubling its tally with 1,564 registrations compared to 874.
The figures have been greeted by the government’s Go Ultra Low campaign, which said that greater choice of models is behind the rise.
Head of Go Ultra Low, Poppy Welch said, “The growth in plug-in car registrations is excellent news and in line with our expectations. This trend should continue over the course of this year as we know that motorists are keen to achieve maximum miles for the lowest cost, while minimising emissions and environmental impact.”