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07 Feb 2011 11:02:10

Low carbon vehicle registration up 65% in January

Low carbon vehicle registration up 65% in January
Registrations of low carbon vehicles saw a dramatic increase in January, despite low overall figures, new data shows.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there was a 65 percent increase in the number of vehicles with 100g/km emissions last month.

Overall, however, the number of cars registered dropped by 11.5 percent. Average new vehicle emissions in January sat at 141.5g/km, compared with the 2010 average of 144.2g/km.

Cars using "alternative fuels" also gained their largest ever market share of 1.4 percent

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Despite the challenging conditions, the demand for low CO2 emitting and highly fuel efficient cars continues to grow."

Neil Wallis, head of communications at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, recently claimed the rising price of fuel will encourage more consumers to invest in low emission cars in the coming month.

The exemption of certain vehicles from the London Congestion Charge was also said to be a factor in this.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800388453-ADNFCR

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15 Feb 2011

Its all very well claiming that this is due to the high price of fuel, but it's also arguable that the most efficient vehicles on the market will prove to be expensive to run because prices are so high, due to the double whammy of high oil prices and fuel tax so we're best regarding this as price mitigation rather than cheap motoring.

What concerns me more is that there are a lot of people on low incomes who will be finding that that cannot afford to buy a new more efficient car as the money they would save is being used to pay for higher fuel prices.

We must also remember that a key driver for more efficient cars coming to the market are European regulations on average vehicle emissions (130g/km CO2 I think), not fuel price. Its a more socially neutral approach to lowering CO2 emissions compared to pricing people off the road with high fuel taxes.

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