Scottish electric vehicle registrations accelerate 75% in a year

Ultra low emission vehicle registrations across Scotland shot up by 75% between July-September compared to the same time a year before

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ULTRA low emission vehicles (ULEVs) registrations across Scotland shot up by 75% between July-September compared to the same time a year before.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) figures show that at the end of September, 38,600 vehicles belonged to Scottish residents, up from 22,100 for July-September 2020.

The data shows the longer-term pace of moving to electric vehicles went-up by 50% from Q3 2019 to Q3 2020.

North Lanarkshire – 104%, Shetland Islands – 98% – and Stirling – 93% – had the strongest take-up of electric vehicles. The lowest ULEV registration growth was in the Orkney Islands – 22% – and Na h-Eileanan Siar – 46% – with all other local authorities posting rises over of 50% for electric car ownership.   

Across Great Britain ULEV registrations hit 40%, with ULEVs making up 15.3% of all new registrations in the third quarter, some 83,000 vehicles.

More battery electric cars (BEV) – 51,000 – were registered for the first time than diesel cars -35,000 units. This followed a 44% increase in BEV car registrations in Q3 2021 than the same period a year before.

Petrol car registrations fell 41% and diesel by 66%. Average CO2 emissions for cars registered for the first time in the UK went down by 14%.

Greg Wilson, Founder of, a leading insurance comparison website, comments: “Scottish motorists are firmly at the forefront of the green industrial revolution when it comes to motoring.

“Government initiatives such as more public charging points and more home charging grants can only fuel Scottish electric vehicle registration growth over this year.” compares prices across all types of car insurance, including electric car insurance, helping around 3 million users every year find better deals on their insurance, with over 400 insurance brands across 60 different products.


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