Record fall in CO2 emissions from cars in the UK

The UK car market has once again set the pace in the race to cut CO2 emissions, beating the EU target by 4.2%. The average CO2 emissions for new cars in the UK have fallen to a record low of 124.6g/km against an EU target of 130g/km. The figures released today also show Britain racing ahead of the rest of Europe in buying plug-in cars, with the UK selling more than any other country. In 2014 there were 52,000 Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) including hybrids, plug-ins and range extenders on the road which was a 58.1% increase over 2013.

The evolution of more efficient engines and the fall in CO2 emissions has also contributed to the record breaking number of car buyers paying £0 vehicle excise duty based on their car’s emissions. 68.8% of new car buyers enjoyed the added bonus of paying no road tax on their new vehicle in the first year.

The successful take-up of electric vehicles by drivers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland provides a pathway for the automotive industry to position the UK as a global centre of excellence for low carbon powertrain development and production. The APC will soon be opening the next competition for grant funding in early May with up to £60 million worth of investment towards low carbon advanced propulsion technology projects available to applicants.

To see the full SMMT summary and report, click here.