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Westminster has the most eco-friendly drivers in Britain

The authority ranked top in terms of ultra-low emission car ownership, according to GOV.UK.

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Overall, 28% of all licensed vehicles in the London borough are considered ultra-low emission. Stockport, Greater Manchester, came second, with 27% of all vehicles running on battery, plug-in hybrid and other electric system. 

The City of London, Windsor & Maidenhead, and Slough complete the top five. Peterborough, Swindon, Milton Keynes, Hammersmith & Fulham, and South Gloucestershire also featured in the list. Stirling came out tenth, with just 12% of all licensed vehicles classed as some form of ultra-low emission. 

The dominance of councils in South East England and London is unsurprising. A 2022 study showed the capital was home to 31.7% of the UK’s total EV charge points, with Westminster among the fastest to roll them out. Earlier this month, Believ’s Local Authority Insight Report showed that charge point creation was stalling, despite Government initiatives, and urgently needed more investment. 

The analysis showed no local authority in the UK has managed to fully implement its EV plans, and just 13% expect to achieve that ‘soon’. More worryingly in terms of projected growth in ownership, 34% of councils have no formal EV infrastructure plan, and overall national coverage falls well short of where it needs to be if Downing Street is to get the 300,000 charge points policy wants by 2030.  

‘It is interesting to see mostly southern local authorities in the top ten best locations for environmentally conscious drivers,’ said a spokesperson for Claims.co.uk, which commissioned the ownership study. ‘In 2024, Zap-Map recorded 18,628 electric vehicle charging stations in Greater London compared to only 4,696 in Scotland. Therefore, with a greater emphasis on funding electric vehicle charging stations in Northern England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, these areas may become more accessible for electric vehicle drivers in the future.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank 

 

 

 

 

 

U.K. local authority 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of ultra-low emission licensed vehicles (Q3 2023) 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra-low emission licensed vehicles as a percentage of all licensed vehicles  

 

 

 

 

 

1 

 

 

 

 

Westminster 

 

 

 

 

18,331 

 

 

 

 

28% 

 

 

 

 

 

2 

 

 

 

 

Stockport 

 

 

 

 

114,400 

 

 

 

 

27% 

 

 

 

 

 

3 

 

 

 

 

City of London 

 

 

 

 

734 

 

 

 

 

23% 

 

 

 

 

 

4 

 

 

 

 

Windsor and Maidenhead 

 

 

 

 

43,435 

 

 

 

 

22% 

 

 

 

 

 

5 

 

 

 

 

Slough 

 

 

 

 

47,969 

 

 

 

 

19% 

 

 

 

 

 

6 

 

 

 

 

Peterborough 

 

 

 

 

39,202 

 

 

 

 

18% 

 

 

 

 

 

7 

 

 

 

 

Swindon 

 

 

 

 

55,982 

 

 

 

 

17% 

 

 

 

 

 

=8 

 

 

 

 

Hammersmith and Fulham 

 

 

 

 

7,351 

 

 

 

 

14%  

 

 

 

 

 

=8 

 

 

 

 

Milton Keynes 

 

 

 

 

52,759 

 

 

 

 

14% 

 

 

 

 

 

9 

 

 

 

 

South Gloucestershire 

 

 

 

 

42,669 

 

 

 

 

13% 

 

 

 

 

 

10 

 

 

 

 

Stirling 

 

 

 

 

9,564 

 

 

 

 

12% 

More on electric vehicles: 

Warrington switches on electric buses in new emissions drive

UK’s new Council for Net Zero Transport could accelerate transition

Confectionary giant announces switch to electric trucks for European logistics

Image: Vitalijs Barilo

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