Car industry warns ‘anti-diesel agenda’ hinders falling emissions progress

The UK has seen carbon emissions from the automotive industry fall for the 19th consecutive year but the “anti-diesel agenda” could halt progress. The warning from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) comes as it believes the current agenda is driving more consumers to choose petrol vehicles, making it harder to meet emissions […]

Carmakers display vehicles in new low emission drive

Sixteen different car brands joined forces to show the range and diversity of alternatively fuelled vehicles available to consumers this week. In a display set against the backdrop of London’s Tower Bridge, the UK automotive sector showed the low-emission cars and vans drivers can buy to suit their lifestyles and driving needs. They include hybrids, […]

UK automotive sector cuts energy, water and waste

The UK automotive sector has announced its latest environmental achievements. It has reduced energy use per vehicle produced by 0.1%, water use by 7.6% and waste to landfill by 24.2% last year compared to 2014, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Its latest report also revealed the use of renewable energy reached […]

Diesel is not a dirty word says SMMT

Today the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) will call on government and local councils to do more to support the adoption of modern diesel vehicles. It’s part of an effort to help lower emissions across Britain’s towns and cities. UK manufacturers have invested billions of pounds in advanced diesel technology to meet the […]

2014 – the year of the ultra-low carbon car?

Green cars were a big hit for car owners in 2014. New statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the number of registered “green” vehicles increased four-fold last year. Ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) registered in the UK went from 3,586 in 2013 to 14,498 in 2014. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said: “The […]

Hybrid cars registrations continue to rise

The EU saw a rise in the number of alternative-fuelled vehicles bought in 2013, latest figures show. Registrations of new hybrid and plug-in cars rose 17.5% last year to 32,727 units out of the 2.26 million of vehicles in total, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Within the past two years, […]

EVs and plug-in hybrids increase in popularity

The latest car registration figures from the automotive trade association SMMT show that EVs and plug-in hybrids are increasing in popularity. In the 11 months up to November more than 2.1 million new cars were registered in the UK. Of those around 1.4% were Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) – just shy of 30,500. It represents a […]

Electric is “quickest growing” part of car market

Electric vehicles may not be everywhere yet but they are the fastest growing part of the car market, new figures show. There are small but encouraging signs for the electric car market in the UK as close to 2,000 pure electric cars have registered for the Government’s plug-in car grant so far in 2013. Sales […]

Government revs up £1bn for British low carbon cars

Britain’s car industry is set for a £1billion injection to jet it ahead of the competition for ultra-low emission vehicles or ULEVs. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced the huge sum today which will go towards a new research centre, half of that coming from the Government over the next ten years and the rest expected […]

Blog: Switching on the green deal

So 2013 is underway and so too is our move to green cars. The much talked about transition to electric and hybrid vehicles really seems to be happening according to the latest figures released at the end of December. If you bought or were lucky enough to be presented with a green vehicle, then you […]