It has been announced, Birmingham is to host the world’s first zero emission vehicle summit as exemplar of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Due to be held in September 2018, the summit will focus on vehicle technology to tackle carbon emissions and to find ways to improve air quality.
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling notes: “The government is committed to meeting our climate change targets and cleaning up our air and to help achieve that we are investing £1.5 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles by 2021.”
Inspired to identify the local authorities in the UK with the highest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles, private number plate specialists, click4reg.co.uk analysed data released by the Department for Transport in Vehicle Licencing Statistics: Annual 2017.
Rather aptly, the research conducted by click4reg found Birmingham to hold the highest number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) licenced at the end of quarter four, 2017 – with a total of 12,247 ULEVs. Thus, demonstrating the West Midland metropolis as a driving force for the cause.
In second place, came the local authority of Peterborough; with 8,910 ULEVs licensed at the end of Q4 2017. Slough (4,460), Milton Keynes (4,409) and Leeds (3,557) follow with substantial figures thereafter.
Closing the top ten local authorities with the highest number of registered, ultra-low emission vehicles, is Swindon (3,402), Bedford (1,628), Gloucester (1,552), Solihull (1,492) and Portsmouth – with 1,416 licensed, 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.
During 2017, 53,203 ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered for the first time in the UK – up 27% from 41,837 in 2016.