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ULEV registrations hit new highs

Tom Crisp Editor

The Department for Transport (DfT) published on 12 April statistics of new vehicle registrations in Great Britain for 2017, which revealed an increase in the number of Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs). During 2017 53,203 new ULEVs were registered in the UK, a 27% increase on the previous year. In total ULEVS accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle sales, up from 1.2% in 2016 and 0.9% in 2015.  Most of this increase was due to vehicles eligible for plug-in car and van grants: new registrations in 2017 included 46,058 cars and 1,241 LGVs of models that were eligible for these grants. By contrast there was a sharp decline in the number of diesel cars being registered in 2017, down 17% compared to 2016. In total 2.5mn cars, 360,000 LGVs, 50,000 HGVs, and 110,000 new motorcycles were registered. However, despite the increase in ULEV sales, the average CO2 emissions from cars increased by 1% last year, primarily due to a greater number of larger cars being registered. DfT

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