Uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in the UK

Department for Transport
Start date:
March 2015
May 2015

The Government aspires that by 2040 every new car in the UK will be a ULEV and is facilitating this through a range of measures including financial support to help consumers meet the upfront purchase costs of ULEVs, through the Plug-in Car Grant, and investment in the creation of a national charge point network.

This project comprised a rapid evidence assessment to review recent research on the uptake of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in the UK. Brook Lyndhurst was assisted by Professor Graham Parkhurst and Ian Shergold of the University of West of England, and Professor Jillian Anable and Craig Morton of the University of Aberdeen.

The objectives of the rapid evidence assessment were to review recent UK and international evidence in the following areas:

  • the characteristics of current and future ULEV owners
  • how ULEVs are being used and experienced
  • the impact of public incentives and other key motivators and barriers to uptake of ULEVs
  • current and future infrastructure provision for ULEVs

The methodology followed Government Social Research guidance on the conduct of rapid evidence assessments. Almost 300 UK and international evidence sources were initially identified and assessed, and 45 of these were reviewed and analysed in detail. Overall, there are still significant gaps and limitations in the evidence base on ULEVs, but the research also found sources of evidence from countries with more developed ULEV markets, and identified opportunities for future research.

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