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2017: a record year for EV and plug-in cars

Nissan leaf – a popular EV vehicle
Nissan leaf – a popular EV vehicle

With the increase in EVs and PHEVs comes a necessity for an increase in knowledge of how to dismantle, reuse and recycle. Will you be ready for the onslaught of these increasingly popular breeds of vehicle?

Figures released at the beginning of January by Go Ultra Low show that 100% electric (EVs) and plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) vehicles achieved record-breaking levels of demand in registrations in 2017 with a 27% increase on the previous year. It is predicted that 2018 could see annual electric car registrations reaching 60,000 for the first time, retaining the UK’s position as one of Europe’s largest markets for ultra low emission vehicles.

The total number of plug-in cars on UK roads passed 130,000, as public and business appetite for plug-in hybrid and 100% electric cars reached a new high. From January to December 2017, 46,522 ultra-low emission vehicles were registered.

UK registrations of 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars by region – 2017 vs 2016

 As you can see from the chart, several regions stood out with London (9,274) and Eastern England (8,685) registering the most Electric vehicles and PHEVs, a rise of nearly 42% and 21% respectively on 2016. Meanwhile, the South West and Scotland grew the fastest, boosting plug-in uptake by over 140% and almost 70% respectively against the previous year.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “2017 was a stellar year for electric vehicle registrations with strong growth of 27%, demonstrating the massive consumer appetite for 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

“There are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles on UK roads, a figure that could  pass 190,000 this year as new models come to market and consumers reap the cost-saving benefits of electric driving.”

Go Ultra Low is a collaborative campaign and is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of vehicle manufacturers, government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Visit to find out more about what they do.

Have your say. At ATF Professional. We’d love to hear about your views on how these vehicles will affect or have already affected your business and what changes you will have to make or have made to accommodate these ultra low emission vehicles.


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.