The UK government has hit its target in switching over a quarter of all its cars to ultra-low emission and is on track to meet its 2027 target for the entire fleet to be fully zero emission.

The latest data shows 25.5 per cent of all central government cars were ultra-low emission vehicles by September 2022 – reaching the target three months ahead of schedule.

“As the UK moves towards a cleaner transport network, the government is doing its part, with over 25 per cent of its central car fleet being battery-powered three months earlier than planned,” said Technology and Decarbonisation Minister Jesse Norman.

“It’s critical that progress in decarbonising fleets is matched elsewhere. We will continue to forge ahead, to complete the switch by 2027 and help make the UK a world leader in decarbonisation.”

One in five cars sold in the UK in 2022 had a plug, and according to the latest industry statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, sales of EVs overtook those of diesel in 2022 for the first time.

The government has said it is committed to ending the sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in a bid to work towards a carbon-free transport network.