Huge New Study Compares Every UK Council’s Electric Vehicle Usage.

Intelligent Car Leasing has recently undertaken the single biggest study to date looking at local council’s adoption of electric vehicles all across the UK.

The results reveal some unexpected trends, and also given an eye-opening view of how local authorities are approaching this fast rising form of zero-emission transportation.

Nissan Leaf Charging on Street

The Process

In the last quarter of 2014 a whopping 433 local authorities were surveyed via freedom of information requests, asking the following question:

“Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 I seek the following information: The number of road legal electric powered vehicles the council currently owns, manages or leases.”

We also supplied the following notes to ensure there wasn’t any confusion as to what criteria the request fell under:

  • ‘electric powered’ refers to vehicles which purely run on an electric battery (not hybrid cars which combine a battery with a combustion engine).
  • ‘road legal’ refers to cars which are registered to drive on public roads not vehicles such as golf buggies which are only legal for use on private land.

The Results

It was a huge job to filter and sort so many responses; especially seen as how there is no standard format in which freedom of information replies have to be supplied in. However after a lot of trawling, copying, pasting and sorting we finally go there!

Chances are you’re only really interested in 2 things when looking at the results of this research, and these are:

A. Which councils have the most electric vehicles in the UK.
B. How many electric vehicles your own local local council has.

First off, here are the top 10 highest electric vehicle adopters amongst all 433 councils surveyed:

Council Total # of EVs
1. Dundee City Council 38
2. South Lanarkshire Council 24
3. City of Glasgow Council 22
4. London Borough of Islington 19
5. Fife Council 17
6. Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council 16
7. Newcastle upon Tyne City Council 16
8. Oxford City Council 14
9. North Lanarkshire Council 14
10. Lewes District Council 12

To find your local council’s response to our survey, type the authority’s name into to the search bar in the interactive database  below:

Search All Council Responses

Council Name Number of Electric Vehicles
Council Name Number of Electric Vehicles
Dundee City Council 38.00
South Lanarkshire Council 24.00
City of Glasgow 22.00
London Borough of Islington 19.00
Fife Council 17.00
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council 16.00
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council 16.00
Oxford City Council 14.00
North Lanarkshire Council 14.00
Lewes District Council 12.00
Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council 10.00
City & County of Swansea 10.00
City of Edinburgh 9.00
London Borough of Hackney 8.00
Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council 8.00
Orkney Islands Council 6.00
Clackmannanshire Council 6.00
Scottish Borders Council 6.00
West Lothian Council 6.00
Carmarthenshire County Council 6.00
Aberdeen City Council 6.00
Aberdeenshire Council 6.00
Cornwall Council 6.00
Leeds City Council 6.00
Perth & Kinross Council 5.00
South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council 5.00
Dumfries and Galloway Council 5.00
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council 5.00
Portsmouth City Council 5.00
London Borough of Havering 5.00
Nottingham City Council 5.00
Coventry City Council 5.00
Corby Borough Council 4.00
Inverclyde Council 4.00
Midlothian Council 4.00
Stirling Council 4.00
East Lothian Council 4.00
South Ayrshire Council 4.00
Norwich City Council 4.00
Falkirk District Council 4.00
Basildon District Council 4.00
Highland Council 4.00
Milton Keynes Council 4.00
Dorset County Council 4.00
City of London Corporation 3.00
Hartlepool Borough Council 3.00
Scarborough Borough Council 3.00
East Dunbartonshire Council 3.00
Wrexham County Borough Council 3.00
Slough Borough Council 3.00
Poole Borough Council 3.00
Renfrewshire Council 3.00
Peterborough City Council 3.00
Luton Borough Council 3.00
Derby City Council 3.00
Sunderland City Council 3.00
Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council 3.00
Wiltshire Council 3.00
Birmingham City Council 3.00
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) 2.00
Newtownabbey Borough Council 2.00
East Dorset District Council 2.00
Moray Council 2.00
Chorley Borough Council 2.00
Winchester City Council 2.00
Exeter City 2.00
East Ayrshire Council 2.00
Mid Sussex District Council 2.00
Stratford-on-Avon 2.00
Elmbridge Borough Council 2.00
Redcar and Cleveland 2.00
Reading Borough Council 2.00
Bedford Borough Council 2.00
Charnwood Borough Council 2.00
London Borough of Haringey 2.00
City of Westminster 2.00
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council 2.00
London Borough of Greenwich 2.00
Central Bedfordshire Council 2.00
Northumberland County Council 2.00
London Borough of Wandsworth 2.00
Leicester City Council 2.00
Liverpool City Council 2.00
Sheffield Council 2.00
Armagh 1.00
Shetland Islands Council 1.00
Larne Borough Council 1.00
Limavady Borough Council 1.00
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council 1.00
Castlereagh Borough Council 1.00
Tamworth Borough Council 1.00
Bromsgrove District Council 1.00
Redditch Borough Council 1.00
West Dunbartonshire 1.00
Chiltern District Council 1.00
Lincoln City Council 1.00
Craigavon Borough Council 1.00
Newry and Mourne District Council 1.00
West Dorset District Council 1.00
Derry (City of Londonderry) 1.00
Fareham Borough Council 1.00
Bassetlaw District Council 1.00
Gedling Borough Council 1.00
Sedgemoor District Council 1.00
Gloucester City Council 1.00
Stafford Borough Council 1.00
Neath Port Talbot Council 1.00
Cherwell District Council 1.00
Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 1.00
West Berkshire Council 1.00
South Somerset District Council 1.00
North Lincolnshire Council 1.00
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council 1.00
Colchester Borough Council 1.00
Bath & North East Somerset Council 1.00
City of York 1.00
London Borough of Merton 1.00
Warrington Council 1.00
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 1.00
Swindon Borough Council 1.00
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council 1.00
Barnsley Borough Council 1.00
Southampton City Council 1.00
London Borough of Harrow 1.00
Hull City Council 1.00
London Borough of Hounslow 1.00
London Borough of Southwark 1.00
London Borough of Hillingdon 1.00
Shropshire Council 1.00
London Borough of Bromley 1.00
London Borough of Ealing 1.00
Cardiff Council 1.00
Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council 1.00
Manchester City Council 1.00
Durham County Council 1.00
Leicestershire County Council 1.00
Northamptonshire County Council 1.00
Staffordshire County Council 1.00
Essex County Council 1.00
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 1.00
Calderdale 1.00
Adur District Council 0.00
Amber Valley Borough Council 0.00
Antrim Borough Council 0.00
Ards Borough Council 0.00
Argyll & Bute Council 0.00
Arun District Council 0.00
Ashfield District Council 0.00
Aylesbury Vale District Council 0.00
Babergh District Council 0.00
Ballymena 0.00
Ballymoney Borough Council 0.00
Banbridge District Council 0.00
Belfast City Council 0.00
Blaby District Council 0.00
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 0.00
Blackpool Council 0.00
Blaenau Gwent County Borough 0.00
Bolsover District Council 0.00
Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Boston Borough Council 0.00
Bournemouth Borough Council 0.00
Bracknell Forest Council 0.00
Bradford Metropolitan Council 0.00
Braintree District Council 0.00
Breckland District Council 0.00
Brentwood Borough Council 0.00
Bridgend County Borough Council 0.00
Bristol City Council 0.00
Broadland District Council 0.00
Broxbourne Council 0.00
Broxtowe Borough Council 0.00
Buckinghamshire County Council 0.00
Burnley Borough Council 0.00
Bury Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Caerphilly County Borough Council 0.00
Cambridge City Council 0.00
Cambridgeshire County Council 0.00
Cannock Chase District Council 0.00
Canterbury City Council 0.00
Carlisle City Council 0.00
Castle Point 0.00
Ceredigion County Council 0.00
Chelmsford Borough Council 0.00
Cheltenham Borough Council 0.00
Cheshire East 0.00
Cheshire West and Chester 0.00
Chesterfield Borough Council 0.00
Chichester District Council 0.00
Coleraine Borough Council 0.00
Conwy County Borough Council 0.00
Copeland Borough Council 0.00
Cotswold District Council 0.00
Council of the Isles of Scilly 0.00
Craven District Council 0.00
Crawley Borough Council 0.00
Cumbria County Council 0.00
Dacorum Borough Council 0.00
Darlington Borough Council 0.00
Dartford Borough Council 0.00
Daventry District Council 0.00
Denbighshire Council 0.00
Derbyshire County Council 0.00
Derbyshire Dales 0.00
Devon County Council 0.00
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Dover District Council 0.00
Down District Council 0.00
Dudley Metropolitan Borough 0.00
Dungannon District Council 0.00
Eastbourne Council 0.00
East Cambridgeshire 0.00
East Hampshire District Council 0.00
East Hertfordshire 0.00
Eastleigh Borough Council 0.00
East Lindsey District Council 0.00
East Northamptonshire Council 0.00
East Renfrewshire Council 0.00
East Riding of Yorkshire Council 0.00
East Staffordshire Borough Council 0.00
East Sussex County Council 0.00
Eden District Council 0.00
Epping Forest District Council 0.00
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council 0.00
Erewash Borough 0.00
Fenland District Council 0.00
Flintshire County Council 0.00
Forest Heath District Council 0.00
Forest of Dean District Council 0.00
Fylde Borough Council 0.00
Gloucestershire County Council 0.00
Gosport Borough Council 0.00
Gravesham Borough Council 0.00
Great Yarmouth Borough Council 0.00
Guildford Borough Council 0.00
Gwynedd Council 0.00
Hambleton 0.00
Hampshire County Council 0.00
Harborough District Council 0.00
Harlow Council 0.00
Harrogate Borough Council 0.00
Hart District Council 0.00
Hastings Borough Council 0.00
Havant District Council 0.00
Herefordshire Council 0.00
Hertfordshire County Council 0.00
Hertsmere Borough Council 0.00
High Peak Borough 0.00
Horsham District Council 0.00
Huntingdonshire District Council 0.00
Hyndburn Borough Council 0.00
Ipswich Borough Council 0.00
Isle of Anglesey Council 0.00
Kent County Council 0.00
Kettering Borough Council 0.00
King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council 0.00
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough 0.00
Lancashire County Council 0.00
Lancaster City Council 0.00
Lichfield District Council 0.00
Lincolnshire County Council 0.00
Lisburn City Council 0.00
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham 0.00
London Borough of Barnet 0.00
London Borough of Bexley 0.00
London Borough of Brent 0.00
London Borough of Camden 0.00
London Borough of Croydon 0.00
London Borough of Enfield 0.00
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 0.00
London Borough of Lambeth 0.00
London Borough of Lewisham 0.00
London Borough of Newham 0.00
London Borough of Redbridge 0.00
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 0.00
London Borough of Sutton 0.00
London Borough of Tower Hamlets 0.00
London Borough of Waltham Forest 0.00
Magherafelt District Council 0.00
Maidstone Borough Council 0.00
Maldon District Council 0.00
Malvern Hills District Council 0.00
Mansfield District Council 0.00
Medway Council 0.00
Melton Borough Council 0.00
Mendip District Council 0.00
Merthyr Tydfil Council 0.00
Middlesbrough Borough Council 0.00
Mid Suffolk District Council 0.00
Mole Valley Council 0.00
Monmouthshire Council 0.00
Moyle District Council 0.00
Newark and Sherwood District Council 0.00
Newcastle-under-Lyme Council 0.00
New Forest District Council 0.00
Newport Council 0.00
Northampton Borough Council 0.00
North Ayrshire Council 0.00
North Devon District Council 0.00
North Dorset District Council 0.00
North Down Borough Council 0.00
North East Derbyshire 0.00
North East Lincolnshire Council 0.00
North Hertfordshire District Council 0.00
North Kesteven District Council 0.00
North Norfolk District Council 0.00
North Tyneside Council 0.00
North Warwickshire Borough Council 0.00
North West Leicestershire 0.00
North Yorkshire County Council 0.00
Nottinghamshire County Council 0.00
Nuneaton & Bedworth 0.00
Omagh District Council 0.00
Oxfordshire County Council 0.00
Pendle Borough Council 0.00
Plymouth City Council 0.00
Powys County Council 0.00
Preston City Council 0.00
Purbeck District Council 0.00
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council 0.00
Ribble Valley Borough Council 0.00
Richmondshire 0.00
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Rochford District Council 0.00
Rossendale 0.00
Rother District Council 0.00
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 0.00
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 0.00
Rugby Borough Council 0.00
Runnymede Borough Council 0.00
Rushcliffe Council 0.00
Rushmoor Borough Council 0.00
Rutland County Council 0.00
Ryedale District Council 0.00
Salford City Council 0.00
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Selby 0.00
Sevenoaks District Council 0.00
Shepway District Council 0.00
Somerset County Council 0.00
South Bucks District Council 0.00
South Cambridgeshire 0.00
South Derbyshire 0.00
Southend-on-Sea Council 0.00
South Gloucestershire District Council 0.00
South Hams District Council 0.00
South Holland 0.00
South Kesteven 0.00
South Lakeland District Council 0.00
South Norfolk 0.00
South Northamptonshire 0.00
South Oxfordshire District Council 0.00
South Ribble Borough Council 0.00
South Staffordshire 0.00
Spelthorne Borough Council 0.00
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council 0.00
St Albans City & District Council 0.00
St Edmundsbury Borough Council 0.00
Stevenage Borough Council 0.00
St Helens Borough Council 0.00
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Stoke-on-Trent City Council 0.00
Strabane District Council 0.00
Stroud District Council 0.00
Suffolk Coastal District Council 0.00
Surrey County Council 0.00
Surrey Heath Borough Council 0.00
Swale Borough Council 0.00
Tandridge District Council 0.00
Taunton Deane Borough Council 0.00
Teignbridge District Council 0.00
Telford & Wrekin Council 0.00
Tendring District Council 0.00
Test Valley Borough Council 0.00
Tewkesbury Borough Council 0.00
Thanet District Council 0.00
Three Rivers District Council 0.00
Thurrock Council 0.00
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council 0.00
Torbay Council 0.00
Torfaen County Borough 0.00
Torridge District Council 0.00
Trafford Council 0.00
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council 0.00
Uttlesford District Council 0.00
Vale of Glamorgan 0.00
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council 0.00
Warwick District Council 0.00
Watford Borough Council 0.00
Waverley Borough Council 0.00
Wealden District Council 0.00
Wellingborough 0.00
Welwyn Hatfield Council 0.00
West Devon Borough Council 0.00
West Lancashire District Council 0.00
West Lindsey 0.00
West Oxfordshire 0.00
West Somerset 0.00
West Sussex County Council 0.00
Wigan Metropolitan Borough 0.00
Wirral Metropolitan Borough 0.00
Woking Borough Council 0.00
Wokingham Council 0.00
Wolverhampton City Council 0.00
Worcester City Council 0.00
Worcestershire County Council 0.00
Worthing Borough Council 0.00
Wychavon District Council 0.00
Wycombe District Council 0.00
Wyre Borough Council 0.00
Wyre Forest District Council 0.00
Norfolk 0.00

Can’t find your local council when searching the database above? We’re still awaiting a reply from 20 authorities which are being chased up currently (details below):

Allerdale Borough Halton Borough
Angus Hinckley & Bosworth District
Ashford Borough Isle of Wight
Barrow-in-Furness Borough  Mid Devon District
Brighton and Hove City North Somerset
 Carrickfergus Borough Oadby & Wigston District
Christchurch Borough  Pembrokeshire
Cookstown District Vale of White Horse District
East Devon Warwickshire County
Fermanagh Waveney District

Click here to download a full spreadsheet of the current results (we’ll be updating it as more results come in from councils we’re chasing).

Key Facts

Out of the top 5 local authorities for highest number of electric vehicles 4 (80%) are in Scotland.
Scottish councils make up 80% of the top 4 for electric vehicles

Out of all councils which responded 34.15%, around one third, have at least 1 electric vehicle.
two petrol cars next to one electric car

Out of the 433 local authorities surveyed to date 412 (just over 95%) have responded. The remaining authorities are being communicated with for a response and this page will be updated accordingly over time.95 percent of council responded to FOI requests

Wider Implications

Looking at the EV adoption rate, with over one third of all councils in the UK having at least one electric vehicle, we think this is a very promising outlook. Electric vehicles are still expensive to obtain, even when taking into account government grants and incentives. Therefore many of the local authorities across the UK are presenting themselves as real early adopters; taking up this promising technology at an early stage in its life-cycle.

However electric vehicles are also likely to bring down insurance premiums for those who adopt them over time, according to broker One Sure Insurance. This is mostly due to statistics showing that electric vehicles have lower rates of theft and vandalism. Therefore the choice of many local councils to be early adopters in this space could provide long term savings in the near future.

If we are to compare the rate at which UK councils are taking on board electric vehicles it absolutely dwarfs the private sector. It’s almost impossible to imagine that if you were to survey all private sector companies in the UK, that 1 in 3 would have at least one electric vehicle in their fleet.

When mentioning electric vehicles you need to look at the wider picture however. Although they directly emit no CO2 there is still a carbon footprint from the production of electricity itself. In the UK there is a huge drive to increase renewable energy production (in Scotland there’s a target to make electricity production 100% renewable by 2020). This is making electricity a cleaner form of energy all the time; meaning in a few years from now the benefits of driving an electric powered vehicle will be huge for the environment.

What do you think of this research? Let us know if your local authority has adopted any electric vehicles yet in the comments section, or use our social media buttons below to share this page!

3 thoughts on “Huge New Study Compares Every UK Council’s Electric Vehicle Usage.

  1. Bruce McGregor

    well done, public sector should be leading the way but clearly not government should be demanding all vehicles to be either hybrid or pure electric.
    We are just involved with OLEV to launch the electric taxi,cutting emissions,air quality ( £20m fund).

  2. derek leslie

    Good seeing some councils taking on all electric cars , shame on Aberdeenshire council who have just sent the opposite message by refusing any electric taxis / private hire , speak about saying one thing about going green and all the environment jargon then putting the boot in when it really could have mattered .

  3. Sandy

    Local Authorities get EVs at a massive discount, and they work out the same or cheaper than their DERV equivalent, any authority not going EV route must have too much money.

    I’m really pleased to see Fife are “best of the rest” and I believe they are in the process of expanding further so should be knocking on a top 3 spot soon.

    The only hidden cost, and this could become a problem sooner rather than later is the upkeep of chargers. When they break it seems like forever before they get fixed.


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