Plug-in Vehicles Hit Record Highs on UK Roads

Alternative fuelled vehicles (AFVs) are ever increasing across the UK roads and have grown 30% already on last years statistics with more than 620,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid and battery electric cars now available.

The increased awareness of global pollution and the importance of improving the environment has been a strong presence for today’s society.

The government have initiated schemes in a bid to improve overall pollution and help limit pollution within highly populated and visited areas. These schemes first placed in London are now being adopted by other local councils, schemes such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) and Clean Air Zones (CAZs). Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are absolutely determined to reduce carbon emissions from transport as part of our ongoing commitment to tackle climate change.

This government is committed to improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities, which is essential for people’s health and the environment.

We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”

Per new Motorparc data released on the 13th April by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) the number of plug-in electric cars on British roads has grew by three quarters in the last year, hitting record highs across UK roads. The demand for AFVs has seen the availability and the variety of models now available for this range grow dramatically.

A lot of business fleets are considering hybrids or plug-ins in their fleet if they haven’t done so already. Due to the benefits, not only on the environment but for them as businesses and their employees, organisations are keen to obtain hybrids and plug-ins on both their fleet or their grey fleet.

Benefits to Hybrids and Plug-In Vehicles:

  • Low on carbon footprint
  • Lower average CO2
  • Been seen to be green

There are several proposed cities for CAZs, there are a few cities outside of London already introducing and stating their intent on apply CAZs to their area.

Up and coming Clean  Air Zones:

  • Birmingham – Expected January 2020
  • Leeds – Expected January 2020
  • Southampton – Expected 2019

If you want any further information on Eco Solutions for your fleet then give Agility Fleet a call 01527 571605.