In the second quarter of 2012, sales of low-emission vehicles in the UK have grown to over 960, according to the latest government figures.
The Department of Transport have reported that the number of ultra-low emission cars and quadricycles was up to 728, which was nearly twice the number registered in the same period last year. Of the total registered 473 were eligible for the government’s Plug-in Vehicle Grant which offers up to £5000 for buyers.
The report credits the government’s grant scheme for driving the increase, as well as the availability of more low-carbon vehicles on the market. More than 1700 electric vehicles have now been registered under the scheme, but figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicate that the number of electric vehicles actually purchased may be higher.
Registrations are growing annually, but average CO2 emissions are down from 134.7g/km for new cars in the first quarter of this year to 133.3g/km.
CO2 emissions from new cars have fallen by 42 g/km (around 24%) since reliable measure began in April 2002, which is largely due to much better environmental controls and consumer demand for economical fuel.