By Luke Nicholls for part of the Guardian Environment Network

2014 saw a surge in UK green car sales due to increased choice and a demand for lower costs and higher efficiency, reports

There has been a ‘remarkable surge’ in demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) in the UK, with sales of plug-in hybrid cars increasing four-fold in 2014.

New annual figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed that sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) – including electric cars and hybrids – rose by 58% last year, with 51,739 new AFVs registered.