2015 Ultra Low Emission Vehicle sales
Ultra low emission, plug-in, vehicle sales in 2015 eclipsed the combined total of the previous 5 years, Go Ultra Low confirmed. This campaign group – that champions such machinery – said that 28,188 found homes compared to 21,486 between 2010 and 2014 (inclusive).
A spokesperson argued: “Plug-in power is becoming a mainstream option for drivers alongside petrol and diesel powered cars”. It is noteworthy, however, they accounted for only a fraction of the 2.6 million registrations. Plug-in hybrid vehicles – that have an electric motor and internal combustion engine - proved most popular with 18,254 new sales in 2015 (+137% compared to 2014).
Fully electric new car registrations, in contrast, leapt to 9,934 (+48%).
Go Ultra Low hinted that such figures suggest wider acceptance of low emission vehicles. Its Head, Poppy Welch, said, “This sustained level of growth represents how plug-in vehicles are becoming the norm for drivers who want to buy a fun, economical, stylish new car. Now, instead of facing high running costs, motorists can reap the rewards of an economical ultra low emission vehicle which can save the typical car owner hundreds of pounds every year.
She continued: “With this growth showing no signs of stopping, it’s proof that electric car ownership is the new normal. Now, it’s not a question of will motorists choose electric, but when.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP added, "The UK has one of the fastest growing ultra low emission vehicle markets in the world, and these record figures show more and more people across the country are enjoying the benefits of this cheap-to-run and green technology”.
He explained: "British drivers have a wider choice of vehicles than ever before and we have increased our support for plug-in vehicles to £600 million over the next 5 years to cut emissions, create jobs and support our cutting-edge industries.”
Best selling Ultra Low Emission Vehicles
Ultra low emission sales have increased thanks to the wider range of vehicles on the market, Go Ultra Low concludes. There are now 30 to choose from with more to follow throughout 2016. To qualify as ultra low, a car must emit carbon at a rate no higher than 75g/km. It must also be able to travel 10 miles without producing any pollutants.
The 2015 best seller was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. 11,681 found homes compared to 5,364 in 2014 (+118%). It was followed by the Nissan LEAF (5,236 + 29%) and BMW i3 (2,213 + 59%).