BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 07 June '18

Here are the local authorities with the highest – and lowest – numbers of ultra-low emission vehicles

In September Birmingham will host the world’s first zero emission vehicle summit, which will look at ways to improve air quality and vehicle technology that could tackle carbon emissions.

Aptly, new research from click4reg has found that Birmingham has the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced at the end of quarter four, 2017 – with a total of 12,247 ULEVs.

The goal of the research was to identify the local authorities in the UK with
the highest number of registered ultra-low emission vehicles, using data released by the Department for Transport in Vehicle Licencing Statistics:
Annual 2017.

Top 10 spots for ULEVs

In second place came Peterborough, which had 8,910 ULEVs licensed at the end of Q4 2017. Slough (4,460), Milton Keynes (4,409) and
Leeds (3,557) round off the top five.

Swindon (3,402), Bedford (1,628), Gloucester (1,552), Solihull (1,492) and Portsmouth (1,416) finish off the top 10 local authorities with ULEVs registered at the end of Q4 2017.

The local authorities in the UK with the lowest number of registered ultra-low emission vehicles were found to be Weymouth and Portland (53), Middlesbrough (46), Eden (46), Barrow-in-Furness (44) and West Somerset
– with 40 licensed ULEVs in Q4 2017.

Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles on the rise

In 2017, 53,203 ULEVs were registered for the first time in the UK – up 27% from 41,837 in 2016.

This accounted for 1.7% of all new vehicle registrations – up from 1.2% in 2016 and 0.9% two years before.

Most of this increase is 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, which was 89% of all ULEVs registered for the first time.

Most popular ULEVs

The most common generic models of ULEV registered for the first time in 2017 were the Mitsubishi Outlander with 7,408, followed by the BMW 3 Series with 5,871 and the Nissan Leaf with 5,665.

The clear majority of ULEVs are hybrid electric or pure electric, as the use of battery energy reduces CO2 emissions.

At the end of 2017, 64% of licensed ULEV cars were petrol hybrid and 35% were pure electric in the UK. The remaining 1% were diesel hybrid and other technologies.