Drivers Now Opting For Ultra Low Transmission Vehicles

Big Rise In Drivers Opting For Ultra Low Transmission Vehicles


As demand for petrol and diesel vehicles starts to plummet, there has been a big rise in drivers opting for Ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV).

The ULEV registrations shot up 82.9% across Northern Ireland from July to September 2021, Q3 – compared to the same time a year before, an increase from 4186 vehicles to 7645.

The figures show tremendous growth over the last 3 years, despite the pandemic, with 2019 Q3 recording 2960 ULEVS in Northern Ireland, rising by 42% to 4186 in 2020.

Regionally, all district council areas have witnessed a noticeable increase in ULEV registrations of more than 50%, with the top spot, Lisburn and Castlereagh, recording an incredible 102% increase, closely followed by Fermanagh and Omagh at 90% and Belfast at 87%.

The move towards ultra-low emission vehicles is accelerating.

Before Christmas, the BBC reported that Northern Ireland was the only UK region not to claim vital street funding due to confusion over who should be claiming it, resulting in the creation of a consortium to help speed up progress and get a bid in before the end of the financial year.

Greg Wilson, Founder of, Northern Ireland’s leading car insurance comparison website, said: “These figures show that the government’s aim to phase out fossil fuels from motoring is starting to take effect across Northern Ireland despite the pandemic – perhaps working from home has made running an electric vehicle more feasible.

“However, the government needs to speed up its investment in the infrastructure to match this pace so that public vehicle charging becomes a reality.  With the rising cost of electricity putting pressure on homeowners, this needs to be a priority.”

New car sales in Northern Ireland increased marginally in 2021 by just 425 vehicles – down 29% on 2019, far below pre-pandemic levels, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Greg Wilson added: “The fall in car registrations is likely linked to the pandemic and the logistical struggles many manufacturers are having with securing essential parts – increasing demand for quality second-hand vehicles. Given these findings, we’d expect a real appetite for electric and hybrid vehicles once covid related logistics are ironed out.”

Average CO2 emissions for cars registered for the first time in the UK went down by 14% with petrol car registrations falling 41% and diesel falling by 66%. is Northern Ireland’s largest insurance comparison website, and has helped over 650,000 users compare products from over 200 insurers including bespoke products such as  electric car insurance and young driver insurance – recommended by 97% of reviewers on

Q3 stats for registered ULEVs owned by NI residents:

2019 – 2960

2020 – 4186, which is 41.45% higher than Q32019

2021 – 7645, which is 82.9% higher than Q3 2020

 NI Registered ULEVs Per District CouncilQ3 20 ULEVsQ3 21 ULEVS% INCREASE
Lisburn & Castlereagh373755102.4
Fermanagh & Omagh11321590.3
Causeway Coast & Glens18633379
Derry City & Strabane15728078.3
Newry, Mourne & Down20636677.7
Ards & North Down33557270.7
Antrim & Newtownabbey48980464.4
Mid & East Antrim20332761
Mid Ulster17126353.8
Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon37256752.4