From the launching of a government scheme in promoting green vehicles four years ago, the battery-powered Nissan Leaf has become the number one green car on the road.
It can be recalled that on January 1, 2011, ministers in Britain launched a grant scheme amounting to £5,000 for those who buy the least-polluting cars. And for those buying the least-polluting vans have been granted £8,000.
Then, the data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have showed that at the end of 2014 the ascending sales of Nissan Leaf had become evident as there were 6,838 units were being licensed in the United kingdom (UK), putting this type of eco-friendly vehicle on the top, hence the name “Greenest Car.”
On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid landed at the second place with 5,273 cars being licensed in Britain in the same year. The third place went to the BMW i3, with 1,534 cars being licensed at the DVSA.
It has been observed that after a slower start compared to what the ministers were hoping for, the sales of the greenest cars are fast accelerating, but it’s interesting to see which manufacturers are benefiting. These numbers actually tell us at least two stories:
(1.) The steady sales resilience of the Nissan Leaf which has been available under the government’s grant scheme for four years.
(2.) The success of the Mitsubishi Outlander of which about 5,000 were sold in its first 12 months on the market.
Thus, it has always been argued that the sales of ultra-low carbon vehicles will really take off when they are also priced attractively the same as when petrol and diesel models are priced attractively too. This seemed to be what had happened with the Outlander which also becomes attractive because of the low company car tax.
These were the top ten most numerous ultra-low emission vehicles licensed by the DVLA in the UK at the end of 2014, being the top three were described in details:
(1.) Nissan Leaf — also dubbed as “Leaf” which could also mean leading or affordable or environmentally friendly family car. It’s a compact five-door hatchback electric vehicle manufactured by Nissan company and introduced in the United States and Japan in December 2010. It has a full speed of 120 miles per hour and with fuel economy at 115 miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent.
(2.) Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid – is a mid-sized SUV plug-in hybrid, initially featured at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009. The car’s lithium ion battery pack can store enough energy to provide around 30 miles of all-electric driving. When the batteries become depleted, a 1.6-litre 114-horsepower four-cylinder engine kicks on to either charge the battery or provide power to the wheels.
(3.) BMW i3 – was also named “Mega City Vehicle” or “MCV.” It’s a five-door urban electric car manufactured by the German carmaker BMW. The i3 is part of BMW’s “Project i” and was launched as a new brand, BMW i. The i3 is BMW’s first zero emissions mass-produced vehicle due to its electric powertrain. It has a full speed of 120 miles per hour, with combined fuel economy of 124 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.
(4.) Renault Zoe
(5.) Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
(6.) Vauxhall Ampera
(7.) Tesla Model S
(8.) Renault kangoo ZE
(9.) Nissan e-NV200
(10.) Peugeot Ion
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