The Department for Transport does not have a definition of ‘low-carbon’ vehicles. Most cars first registered after March 2001 have been taxed on the basis of CO2 emissions. Of the 28.58 million cars licensed in Great Britain on the
Information on the CO2 emissions for other vehicles is not held on the DVLA vehicle database. All pure electric vehicles will have zero tailpipe CO2 emissions so would also be classified as low-carbon.
The following table provides figures for the total number of band A cars (split into electric and non-electric) and other electric vehicles licensed in (a) Great Britain and (b) Swindon borough council on the
|Body type||Great Britain||Swindon borough council|
|Cars—non-electric Band A||159,903||2,166|
|Buses and coaches—electric||82||0|
|Heavy goods vehicles—electric||878||0|
|Light goods vehicles—electric||3,740||22|
|Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds—electric||1,377||5|
|Cars - total electric and non-electric Band A||162,802||2,233|
|Total ‘low-carbon’ vehicles||227,730||2,458|
|(1) The ‘other’ vehicles are mostly registered mobility scooters and milk floats but the category does include some fork lifts, tractors and other commercial vehicles.|
The Department has a definition of ‘ultra-low emission vehicles’ which is any vehicle with a pure electric powertrain or tailpipe emissions of 75 g/km of CO2 or under.
Statistics on the number of first registrations under this definition are published monthly in table VEH0170 at: