FOUR years on from the launch of a Government scheme to promote eco-friendly vehicles, the battery-powered Nissan Leaf is the number one green car on the road.
On January 1 2011, ministers launched a £5,000 grant scheme for those buying the least-polluting cars, with £8,000 available for vans.
Analysis of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data by the RAC Foundation showed that at the end of 2014 there were 6,838 Nissan Leafs licensed in the UK, putting it top of the eco table.
Second place went to the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid, with 5,273 cars licensed since it went on sale last year, while third was the BMW i3, with 1,534 vehicles licensed.
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "After a slower start than ministers hoped for, sales of the greenest cars are acceler...