First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The city of Birmingham is home to the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK, according to new research: there were 12,247 licenced models as of Q4 last year, says number plate specialist Click4reg.
Its analysis of the top 20 UK local authorities was carried out ahead of government plans to host a zero-emissions vehicle summit in September 2018. The event is due to focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and improve air quality.
The research showed that Peterborough had the second highest number (8,910) of ULEVs, followed by Slough (4,460), Milton Keynes (4,409) and Leeds (3,557).
The local authorities with the lowest number of registered ULEVs were Weymouth and Portland (53), Middlesbrough (46), Eden (46), Barrow-in-Furness (44) and West Somerset (40).
Click4reg says most of the increase stems from vehicles eligible for plug-in car and van grants. These included 46,058 cars and 1,241 large goods vehicles which accounted for 89% of all ULEVs registered for the first time.
For the plug-in car grant, only new cars are eligible such as pre-registration conversions. Meanwhile, vans have to meet performance criteria to ensure safety, range and ultra-low tailpipe emissions.
Mitsubishi's Outlander was the most common generic model of ULEV with a total of 7,408 cars, followed by the BMW 3 Series (5,871) and the Nissan Leaf with (5,665).
Click4Reg analysed data released by the Department for Transport in Vehicle Licensing Statistics: Annual 2017. More information is available on the website.