Cars: Fuels

Department for Transport written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Conservative, East Yorkshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars powered by (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) alternative fuel are currently registered for use on public roads; and how many such cars were registered in each of these categories in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The table below shows the number of licensed cars by propulsion type in Great Britain in the last five years.

Cars licensed by propulsion type, at year end in Great Britain, from 2011 to 2015

Great Britain: Total Numbers of cars (Thousands)

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

(a) Petrol

19,548.5

19,158.8

18,870.3

18,632.6

18,511.7

(b) Diesel

8,763.5

9,385.1

10,064.2

10,730.9

11,428.9

*Hybrid Electric

102.3

125.3

153.6

188.1

245.1

*Gas1

50.0

48.7

46.3

43.2

39.7

*Electric

2.6

4.1

6.3

16.2

24.6

*Other2

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

0.4

Total

28,467.3

28,722.5

29,140.9

29,611.5

30,250.3

*(c) Alternative Fuels

1 Includes gas, gas bi-fuel, petrol/gas and gas/diesel

2 Includes new fuel technologies, fuel cells

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