Record Number Of UK Car Buyers Are Opting To Reduce Their Fuel Bills
Go Ultra Low announced record sales of plug-in cars in the UK, which in March exceeded 6,000.
The first quarter of 2015 brings ultra-low emission cars registrations up 386% year-over-year to 8,573!
This is more than 1% of the overall market, on track to 5% by 2020.
Most of ultra-low emissions market is dominated by plug-in hybrids (67%).
Most popular ultra-low emissions vehicles
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- Nissan LEAF
- BMW i3
- Renault ZOE
- BMW i8″
Sales of plug-in cars are growing so fast that they took 41% share of all alternatively-fueled cars sold in the UK in the first quarter.
A lot of interest comes from businesses:
“Business operators are benefitting too, with those seeking lower maintenance fees and tax rates, plus the potential for reduced whole-life running costs, contributing to a 421% increase in fleet and business ULEV volumes in the quarter. Businesses running commercial vehicles also showed signs of increasing adoption of electric vans, with volumes up 263 units on January-March 2014 – a growth rate of 353%.”
“Thanks to CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km, all ULEVs are exempt from road tax. Other advantages such as typical annual fuel savings of £660 per vehicle*, a nationwide network of free recharging points and no congestion charge to pay in London have helped accelerate uptake over the past five years, with more than 25,000 ULEVs now on UK roads.”
Hetal Shah, Head of Go Ultra Low, a joint initiative by government and the UK automotive industry, said:
“The latest plug-in vehicle uptake figures prove that ultra-low emission cars and vans make sense for both private and business users, especially with the potential for fuel costs as low as 2p a mile and reduced whole life running costs.”
When it comes to regions, most sales are noted as follows:
“The latest registration figures show that car buyers in the South are most likely to opt for an ultra-low emission vehicle, followed by Londoners and the east of the country. Yorkshire and the North West complete the list of top five regions. The figures also show that car buyers in East Yorkshire are least likely to choose an ultra-low emission option.”
“Regions where ultra-low emissions vehicles are most popular
- West Midlands
- North West
Regions where ultra-low emissions vehicles are least popular
- East Yorkshire / Lincolnshire
- Northern Ireland
- South East
- East Midlands”