More BCP drivers are going green as the number of electric vehicles registered in the region increased last year, figures show.
Statistics from the Ministry of Transport show that 1,483 Very Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the metropolitan area at the end of last year – 404 more than at the end of 2019, when there were 1,079. .
Figures include battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles.
Of the additions, the majority (286) were registered with private holders, while 118 were for local business addresses.
However, the DfT said a vehicle’s address does not necessarily reflect its location, especially for large fleets owned by companies for leasing or rental purposes.
Overall, ULEVs still accounted for only around 0.6% of all vehicles registered in BCP at the end of last year – below the UK average of 1.1%.
The government has pledged to end the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans by 2030, and to ensure that all new sales are “zero tailpipe” by 2035.
In the BCP, 858 of the ULEVs authorized at the end of the year were battery electric vehicles – defined as zero emissions.
Another 545 were plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which combined an electric motor with a gasoline or diesel engine.
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean said more alternative fuel cars were registered across Britain for the first time last year, although this includes certain types of hybrid vehicles not classified as ULEVs.
âThis is proof that more and more people are moving away from diesel cars, as we rebuild in a greener way and purify the air in our cities,â she added.
“With Â£ 2.8 billion in government support to encourage their adoption, there has never been a better time to switch to an electric vehicle.”