UK’s greenest motorists

Time 12:25 pm, July 20, 2011

smart-advice-for-londonCAMDEN, Westminster and Islington are home to the greenest motorists in Britain, according to new research.

EcoVelocity studied vehicle registration data from the SMMT and found that more than one in four cars – 28 per cent – registered in the WC postcode have CO2 emissions of 100g/km or less, the highest proportion of ‘green’ cars in the UK.

London postcodes dominate the 10 areas featuring the highest ratios of eco-friendly vehicle registrations, with SW (including Clapham, Wimbledon and Putney), EC (City of London, Hackney and Tower Hamlets) and N (Barnet, Haringey and Enfield) the next greenest boroughs.

Portsmouth is the most environmentally-friendly town outside the capital, with 5.9 per cent of cars registered in its PO postcode area low-carbon vehicles.

EcoVelocity event director, Giles Brown, said: ‘It’s perhaps no surprise that drivers in London are cottoning on to green motoring quicker than anyone else – after all, the capital boasts more charging points for electric cars than any other region of Britain and commercially-available electric cars are all city cars.

‘So drivers in other towns potentially have less opportunity to go green but now the rest of the UK needs to take note and understand the fundamental need to fully support the drive towards cleaner, low carbon-emitting vehicles.

‘Through the EcoVelocity show, we aim to demonstrate to people that green motoring is here to stay.’

London is a haven for environmentally-friendly drivers, with 93 charge points for electric cars. The region with the least charging points is Wales, with only three in the entire country.

Overall, the South East still tops the charts as the UK’s greenest motoring region, with more than 13,000 green vehicles registered in the region over the past year (June 2010-June 2011).

Yorkshire and Humberside come a close second in terms of green vehicle registrations and the SMMT data also revealed that people in this region are also the most concerned about pollution.

2011’s green motor show

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer. In October 2021 he became Car Dealer's associate editor.

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