ULEVUltra-Low-Emissions Vehicle
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This announcement demonstrates the government's commitment to supporting the growth of the ULEV market.
There are now more than 17,000 grant-funded Ultra Low Emission Vehicles or ULEVs on the UK's roads.
The 11,842 ULEVs registered between January and May were a particularly significant rise, representing a fourfold increase on the 2,838 registrations in the same period last year.
Two-thirds of motorists under the age of 24 have considered a ULEV compared with just a quarter of those over 55.
ULEVs are a major growth area for the hugely successful UK automotive sector, which is worth more than Au11 billion to the economy.
The Beta retains an iron block and aluminum DOHC head with continuous variable valve timing, and is available either in ULEV (Federal) or PZEV (California) states of tune.
The Civic is the best-selling small car in America, and is the first ULEV to be sold nationwide.
The government provides Au500 million support for the ULEV market and infrastructure.
The ULEV recognition marks an automobile emitting 50 percent fewer pollutants than the average vehicle in its class.
It later demonstrated that its Rotapower engine could meet California's requirements for ULEV while running on gasoline and the Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEV) levels on ethanol.
And the catalyst is located directly behind the turbo-charger; the heat helps the catalyst do its job so the car has a ULEV rating.
The inline four has a PZEV emissions rating while the V6 will get a ULEV II rating.