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ULEV vehicle registrations hit record levels in Q1, says Go Ultra Low

Date: 20 April 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Registrations of ultra low emission vehicles were at an all-time high in the first quarter according to research by Go Ultra Low.

The registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed that more than 41% of all alternatively-fuelled cars registered during Q1 qualified for the plug-in car grant.

That compared to 13% during the same period last year. According to Go Ultra Low, 8573 cars with CO2 emissions lower than 75g/km were registered, up 386% on the same period last year. The most popular vehicle was the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV followed by Nissan's Leaf and the BMW i3.

Car buyers in the south are most likely to buy a ULEV vehicle, followed by Londoners and those in the east of the country, while car buyers in east Yorkshire are least likely to buy a ULEV vehicle.

"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," said Hetal Shah, head of Go Ultra Low.