Alternative fuel car sales overtook diesels in 2020

2.1 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during 2020, 27% lower than during 2019.

More alternative fuel cars were registered for the first time during 2020 than diesel cars.

The latest Vehicle Licensing Statistics from the Department for Transport also revealed that more fully electric cars were registered in 2020 than in all previous years combined.

In terms of actual numbers, 338,000 alternative fuelled cars were registered for the first time in Great Britain during 2020 compared to 295,000 diesel cars. This follows an 87% annual increase in alternative fuel cars year on year.

During 2020, 179,000 ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered, an increase of 125% on 2019. ULEVs made up 8.5% of all new registrations in 2020.

Alternative fuel vehicles are those which can be propelled by something other than just petrol or diesel. 

ULEVs are vehicles which are reported to emit less than 75g of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the tailpipe for every kilometre travelled. 

For the broader picture, 2.1 million vehicles were registered for the first time in Great Britain during 2020, 27% lower than during 2019. 

The most popular new car models were Ford Fiesta (48,000), Vauxhall Corsa (46,000) and Volkswagen Golf (44,000).

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