An electric car for the holidays

28th August 2015

Having a great holiday doesn’t have to mean going abroad anymore. We’ve released some research today showing that 55% of people would prefer to stay local rather than jetting off abroad for a break.  In fact, 20% of people said that even getting 100 miles away from their homes feel like just as much of a break for them.

If you’re considering a break in the UK over this bank holiday, and are planning on travelling by car, then an ultra low emission vehicle could be perfect for you. The average range of 70 miles gives drivers great scope for going to visit their local attractions and getaways.

The popular adage of Brits not visiting the many amazing, beautiful attractions on offer around them is completely untrue as 93% of those we surveyed travel around to explore these very sites. We’ve suggested some of the top places to visit within 70 miles of some of the UKs biggest cities, head over to our Facebook page to check them out.

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Extended Plug-in Car grant to support rise in zero-emission motoring

26th August 2015

Thinking of buying an electric or hybrid car? Now might be the time to make the switch. The government has just announced that the current Plug-in Car Grant will continue into next year, to ensure that even more motorists can take advantage of government funding.

The government has stated that it will retain the existing grant levels (which provide up to £5,000 off your purchase price for an electric car) until at least February 2016. After November’s Government Spending Review a longer term plan is expected to be announced, as the Government intends to make the UK a world leader in ultra-low emission technology.

This is great news, as we’ve seen registrations of plug-in cars accelerate rapidly over the first six months of 2015, and this is showing no signs of slowing down. The grant was due to be reviewed once 50,000 vehicles had been sold – a milestone that is now expected to be reached before the end of the year, ahead of predictions – but the Government have announced that they will now continue the grant until at least February.

With electric vehicle owners already benefiting from reduced running costs, exemption from paying road tax and subsidies for the installation of home chargepoints, we expect that this announcement will encourage many more drivers to turn to zero-emission and hybrid vehicles.

Find out more about the grant and your eligibility here. Find out about all of the benefits available to you when buying an ultra-low emission vehicle here.

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Upcoming GreenFleet Event!

24th August 2015

On the 24th September, GreenFleet is holding its Arrive’n’Drive event at Rockingham Motor Speedway. If your business is looking to make its fleet greener, this will be great opportunity to find out more about the electric vehicle options that are available.

Here, you’ll have the chance to test drive the latest and most economical ULEVs – with a competition element to gear you up further. As well as this, there will be informative seminars and workshops on throughout the day to answer any questions you may have about electric vehicles, making sure you have the knowledge to create and maintain an efficient, and more environmentally-friendly, fleet.

The line-up of cars to test drive includes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i8, Audi e-tron, and many others, so you’ll be able to see which vehicle best suits your fleet, whether you are a small or large business.

The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided on the day. For more information and to book your place, go to http://events.greenfleet.net/register

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Could you drive all day for just £2?

19th August 2015

Nissan challenged small businesses that run a van to make the switch to an ultra-low emission e-NV200 and run it all day for just £2. With its range of up to 106 miles before needing to recharge, the all-electric Nissan van can easily tackle many daily business operations.

The e-NV200 also boasts a maximum payload of over 700kg, with room for two Euro pallets, along with a floor height of just 520mm as well as easy loading and a best-in-class turning radius.

London fruit delivery company, Fruit 4 London, took on the ‘£2 Challenge’, driving a total of 36.6 miles around London making a total of 15 deliveries.

Company director Laszlo Mulato returned to the depot with more than 50% charge remaining. Based on that energy usage, the company could expect to make 3,900 deliveries a year, covering around 10,000 miles, for just £260 in electricity costs – let alone the savings from a 100% Congestion Charge discount.

Kent-based engineering business Ergro also accepted the ‘£2 Challenge’, using the van for its air conditioning service division.

Engineer Charlie Morgan drove a fully-loaded e-NV200 into central London, completed a full day of service jobs before heading back to base in Dartford. The electric Nissan van had used just £1.20 of electricity from the vehicle’s full charge, which costs around £2.

The ‘£2 Challenge’ has shown small businesses how they could incorporate electric vans into their fleets, not just to reduce emissions, but also to significantly save on running costs.

Head over to the Go Ultra Low YouTube channel to see the videos of how Fruit 4 London and Ergo got on: https://www.youtube.com/user/GoUltraLow

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Fact from fiction – busting the myths around electric cars

13th August 2015

Think you’ve got the measure of electric cars? Think again.

A report released today from the Department for Transport is dispelling the beliefs that many people have about ultra low emission vehicles.

Here are some of those commonly held misconceptions:

Surely they’re only used as second cars?

Contrary to predictions, electric cars are not used only as a second cars. Findings show that 82% of electric car-owning households in the UK use their electric car as their main vehicle, and for 20% of owners the electric car is their only car, relied on for commutes to work, school and other local destinations.

But aren’t they only used for travelling short distances?

No – when the electric car is the main car in the household, the average annual mileage is around 8,850 miles – actually higher than the estimated average for all cars in the UK, which is 8,430 miles (National Travel Survey data).

But are they as good to drive as normal cars?

Actually, ULEVs are reported as being highly satisfying to own. 9 out of 10 electric vehicle owners would recommend an electric vehicle to others – and are also positive about potentially buying another in the future.

If you want to read more of the report, it can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ultra-low-emission-vehicles-evidence-review-of-uptake-in-the-uk 

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Choosing the best car for you

11th August 2015

With the Go Ultra Low car selector, it’s easy find the best car for you, based on the typical number of passengers, amount of luggage, average daily mileage and the kind of technology that interests you.

For someone wanting an ultra-low emission sports car, the sleek BMW i8 – recently awarded UK Car of the Year – could be ideal. Alternatively, for those needing to transport as many people as possible, the seven-seater Nissan e-NV200 Combi might tick all the boxes.

In terms of the technology itself, 100% electric vehicles are perhaps the most obvious – they are cars and vans where the wheels are driven by a battery-powered electric motor. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are driven by an electric motor for shorter journeys, and then switch to an internal combustion engine to travel greater distances.

Range-extended electric vehicles are similar to plug-in hybrids in that they combine an electric motor and internal combustion engine, but the key difference is that the wheels are always driven by the electric motor.

Check out the video below to find out more…

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UK drivers missing out on massive fuel savings

7th August 2015

Britain’s drivers could save a total of £24.5 billion every year in fuel costs by going ultra low. New figures released this week show that the individual savings being missed out on are around £750 a year, as it is much cheaper to charge up an electric vehicle than to fill up with a tank of petrol or diesel.

The average cost to fuel a petrol or diesel car is around 12p per mile, while the equivalent cost for an ultra low emission vehicle is just 2p per mile. This figure just represents fuel savings, too. There are even more savings to be made through owning an ultra low emission vehicle when you consider factors like reduced road tax and no congestion charge.

Find out more about the costs of owning an electric vehicle here: https://www.goultralow.com/owning-a-go-ultra-low-car/

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Electric motoring made even easier with Zap-Map app

7th August 2015

Zap-Map, a digital tool which maps out chargepoint locations for electric vehicle drivers in the UK, has developed a new smartphone app to make electric motoring even easier.

The app not only allows EV drivers to locate publically available chargepoints throughout the country, but provides specific connector and power rating information for each one – allowing motorists to check if it is compatible with their electric vehicle.

With over 7,000 public chargepoints in the UK and over 40,000 plug-in vehicles on the roads, Zap-Map’s app allows users to filter chargepoints by model compatibility, helping to direct drivers to the right chargepoints for their ULEV.

Zap-Map’s app also offers user feedback functions, enabling EV drivers to share comments and notes about chargepoint locations, for example if they are temporarily out of service due to maintenance.

The iOS version of the Zap-Map App is available to download from the official Apple App Store, with an Android version available to download from Google Play.

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Top tips on motoring money-saving

5th August 2015

Electric cars can be driven from as low as 2p per mile, but switching to electric isn’t the only way you can save money on motoring. We’ve teamed up with Ashleigh Swan, from AshleighMoneySaver.co.uk, to put together a handy set of top ten tips from motoring and money saving experts for cutting costs on motoring. They’re small things that can end up making a big difference, check them out here:


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