Low carbon vehicle number in the UK doubles

There has been a significant upturn in the number of low carbon vehicles on Britain’s roads in 2010, new statistics from the Department for Transport (DfT) show.

Last year, the number of cars registered within Band A – those emitting 100g/km of CO2 or less – more than doubled to 57,000.

Average tailpipe emissions from all new cars registered throughout the 12 months of 2010, of which there were around 160,000, saw a four percent drop on 2009 figures and sat at 144g/km.

“This continues an established trend of decreasing average emissions from new-registered vehicles,” the DfT said.

Although the number of buses, motorcycles and heavy-goods vehicles registered declined during the year, the number of cars on the road increased 0.5 percent, taking it to 34.1 million.

Transport secretary Phillip Hammond previously claimed that as a result of government support “2011 could be remembered as the year the electric car took off”.

The Plug-In Car Grant, which will eventually provide subsidies towards the purchase of nine different models of ultra low carbon vehicles, was introduced in early January, while further support was provided for the development of a charging infrastructure.

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