When it comes to company cars, there are a number of factors that fleet decision-makers need to take into account. However, many managers are failing to use wholelife costs as criteria for selecting their vehicles, despite the fact that industry experts argue that this provides the best estimate of real expenditure over a replacement cycle.
Wholelife costs include things like the cost of buying the vehicle, fuel, insurance, service and maintenance. For electric vehicles, although businesses would have to pay more up front compared to petrol or diesel cars, this initial higher list price is more than offset by other benefits that electric vehicles deliver. There are numerous savings to be made on fuel, insurance and servicing, for example.
Fleet operators are starting to realise the benefits of the electric option, and Chris Chandler, principal consultant at Lex Autolease believes operators need to be prepared to switch their fleets to ultra low emission vehicles within the next five years.
You can read the full story here, or to find out more about the benefits of an ultra low emission fleet, just visit: https://www.goultralow.com/commercial-vehicles-fleet/
This week, the Evening Standard launched its Clean London campaign. Londoners are being urged to embrace green technology rather than fear it. Toxic air in London has been a rising concern for some time, and polluted air covers some of the busiest and most famous spots in London. Experts say that accepting more green technology into our everyday lives could significantly clean up London’s air.
Ultra low emission vehicles are the first step towards this, and as more people adopt greener driving, the capital’s air pollution situation improves. Included among several anti-pollution schemes written about in the Evening Standard this week is the launch of two new electric car sharing clubs. There are a total of 55 zero-emission vehicles available as part of these sharing clubs, and the cars are easy to locate and unlock using a mobile app. Taking a journey in one of these electric vehicles is also far cheaper than the equivalent journey in a black cab
We think it’s fantastic to see schemes like this being introduced and to see people starting to realise the huge contribution electric vehicles can have to cleaning up our air.
You can read more about the environmental benefits of ultra low emission vehicles here: https://www.goultralow.com/what-are-go-ultra-low-cars/environmental-benefits/
A quick look at Google has revealed the most searched for queries about ultra-low emission electric cars in the UK. Read on to find out the answers to these common questions:
Can electric cars be charged at home?
Yes, absolutely. Having a dedicated chargepoint installed on an outside wall or garage is very straightforward, and even better, the government will cover up to 75% of the cost of installing one of these, up to £700.
Can electric cars park for free in Westminster?
Yes! This London borough does allow electric cars to park for free in public bays so long as they stick to maximum stay time periods. Most other boroughs offer free or lower cost parking for electric vehicles.
Can electric cars tow a trailer?
Yes – much like with conventional cars, it depends on the model. Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, for example, can tow a braked trailer weighing a whopping 1,500kg. If the trailer is unbraked, it can still tow up to 750kg. Pretty good going.
Can electric cars use bus lanes in London?
No – Transport for London conducted a study, which found that this wouldn’t reduce journey times and could even create more congestion through an increase in bus traffic flow.
A dozen UK cities are bidding to be crowned the UK’s first Go Ultra Low Cities – and for a share of a £35 million pot to help them do it. These 12 pioneers are developing exciting plans to encourage drivers to switch to electric, with the aim of becoming international exemplars for electric driving. However, only up to four cities will make the final cut to be considered for the Go Ultra Low funding to turn their ambitions into a reality.
The UK Go Ultra Low Cities scheme is planned to follow the example recently set in Japan. With the help of Panasonic, Japan is investing in a greener future by building a world-first, eco-friendly ‘smart town’ called Fujisawa. The town was launched at the end of 2014 and will eventually have 1,000 solar-powered homes, along with electric cars and bikes that can be used by the community.
Stay tuned to GoUltraLow.com to find out how your local city is vying to win Go Ultra Low status. In the meantime, you can read more on Fujisawa here: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/gul/japan-to-build-green-town/ar-BBjLLot
This week Go Ultra Low was at The Fleet Show at Silverstone for our roundtable discussion on electric vehicle fleets. We invited some of the country’s key fleet decision-makers along to discuss the merits of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and how they can fit the needs of many fleet operators.
A variety of topics were covered, including costs, the range of ULEVs that are available, and the charging infrastructure that is in place. There was also plenty of discussion on which direction the ULEV market is heading in the near future.
The response towards electric vehicles from attendees was very positive, reflecting the huge increase that we’ve seen in numbers of ULEVs in business fleets this year. According to first quarter registration figures from SMMT, fleet ULEV volumes grew by more than 400% in the first three months of 2015.
All in all the seminar provided all those that attended with some serious food for thought, and later in the year, Go Ultra Low will launch a ‘ULEV White Paper’ covering many of the topics discussed in greater detail. Until then, to find out more about ULEV fleets, you can visit https://www.goultralow.com/commercial-vehicles-fleet/
Today sees the launch of our brand new Go Ultra Low LinkedIn page. Whether you’re a fleet operator looking into ultra low emission vehicles, or an ultra low emission vehicle owner already, this page will be a great place to find the latest news and information from the world of ultra low emission vehicles. Just visit https://www.linkedin.com/company/9413537
We’ve also given our YouTube channel a revamp. Head over to https://www.youtube.com/user/GoUltraLow to see car reviews and videos from some of the vehicle manufacturers. Keep an eye on our YouTube channel for more exciting content over the coming months.
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