Registered ultra-low emission cars in the UK 2010-2019

This statistic shows the increase in the number of all ultra-low emission cars licensed in the United Kingdom (UK) between the first quarter of 2010 and the third quarter of 2019. Ultra-low emission cars include both government grant eligible electric, plug in and hydrogen fueled cars as well as non-grant eligible low emission cars and quadricylce microcars. The number of ultra-low emission cars increased substantially over this period. By the third quarter of 2019, the number of ultra-low emission cars reached 228,286 vehicles.

Number of all licensed ultra-low emission cars in the United Kingdom (UK) from the 1st quarter 2010 to 3rd quarter 2019

Number of licensed vehicles
Q3 2019228,286
Q2 2019209,708
Q1 2019198,837
Q4 2018185,866
Q3 2018172,048
Q2 2018157,887
Q1 2018145,213
Q4 2017132,221
Q3 2017120,796
Q2 2017107,587
Q1 201797,567
Q4 201685,183
Q3 201676,950
Q2 201666,891
Q1 201658,355
Q4 201547,629
Q3 201541,209
Q2 201535,250
Q1 201529,830
Q4 201421,975
Q3 201416,874
Q2 201412,176
Q1 20149,980
Q4 20138,300
Q3 20137,357
Q2 20136,387
Q1 20135,536
Q4 20124,951
Q3 20124,223
Q2 20123,564
Q1 20122,961
Q4 20112,649
Q3 20112,526
Q2 20112,206
Q1 2011 1,881
Q4 20101,568
Q3 20101,495
Q2 20101,476
Q1 20101,481
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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

Q1 2010 to Q3 2019

Supplementary notes

The term 'ultra-low emission vehicles' is used to refer to vehicles with significantly lower levels of tailpipe emissions than conventional vehicles. In practice, the term currently refers to electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.  For the purposes of this indicator, vehicles with fully electric powertrains, and cars with tail-pipe emissions below 75 g/kmg/km of CO2 have been included at this stage.
Figures were restated based on the latest report.

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