We’ll be at the Regent Street Motor Show tomorrow, alongside Transport for London, displaying the latest ultra low emission vehicles and giving you the chance to come along and learn more about electric motoring.
This will be the first UK public viewing for the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota’s new hydrogen-powered Mirai. The eye-catching BMW i8 sports car will also be on show at our stand, and we’ll have the more familiar Nissan LEAF, Renault ZOE and Toyota Prius Plug-in there too.
Visitors will have the chance to test drive some of the cars on a nearby street circuit. If you’re keen to have a go, please be sure to bring a print out of your driving licence check to help us make sure everything runs smoothly. Transport for London will also be joining us to display the latest in clean public transport, as it presents its new electric bus. This will include an interactive display to show TfL’s plans for improving air quality in the city.
Members of the Go Ultra Low team will be on hand all day to answer any questions you have, and if you can’t make it, be sure to follow us on Twitter @GoUltraLow for all the updates.
Want to win a forest getaway to escape the daily grind this autumn? In the week before the Regent Street Motor Show and during the event, we’ll be holding a competition on the Go Ultra Low Twitter channel to give you the chance to win a £500 voucher towards a stay at an forest cabin in November with Forest Holidays – and you’ll also be able to use an electric car from us to get there and back.
As well as offering this competition and prize, we and Forest Holidays are offering everyone 5% off of any booking with Forest Holidays with the code ULTRALOW, valid on 2015 and 2016 bookings made until the end of November.
#ElectricGetaway Terms and Conditions
- No purchase is necessary – our #ElectricGetaway Twitter competition is free to enter
- You must be a resident of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and aged 18 or above
- The winner will be chosen at random on Monday 2nd November from those who retweet the competition tweet between Monday 26th October and Sunday 1st November
- Entries posted after the closing date will not be considered
- There are no cash alternatives
- We will notify the winners via a direct message (DM) to the Twitter account they used to enter the competition
- The winner must redeem their prize before the end of November
- Events may occur that render the giveaway itself or the awarding of a prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
On Thursday 22nd October The Future of Business Mobility Summit heard how business leaders and fleet managers are leading the way in adopting electric vehicles. By incorporating ultra low emission vehicles into their fleets, many companies are saving money on running costs, thanks to fuel savings of up to 10p per mile, an estimated 20-30% saving in servicing, maintenance and repair costs, plus additional tax benefits.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones praised the significant investment by UK companies in electric vehicle fleets, urging companies to remain “ambitious and bold” in their adoption of plug-in vehicle technology. At Go Ultra Low we’ve seen 20,992 ULEV registrations this year between January and September, showing a huge growth against the same time last year. Two thirds of those ultra low emission cars were bought for fleet or business use – illustrating that sound business decisions are driving this rapidly growing sector of the UK car market. Andrew Jones encouraged this trend, adding that the government wants “to make electric vehicles the natural choice for all motorists, and the faith placed in this technology by UK businesses is helping to change attitudes…Company bosses recognise that electric vehicles are good for business and good for Britain.”
Find out more about plug-in vehicles for business use and the potential savings you could make in our guide, available to read and download here.
The electric revolution is on its way, as electric cars are set to become the new norm by 2016. We’re launching new research today revealing what young people think about the cars they will be buying in 10 years time, and we’ve found that eight in ten 14 year olds plan to make their first car purchase an electric one.
The younger our interviewees became, the greater the demand for green cars was. 56% of the young people polled associated electric cars with lower CO2 emissions, 48% with cleaner air, and 34% believed that electric cars were ‘the types of cars that everyone will be driving one day’.
Encouragingly, the youngsters were also aware of the other benefits of electric motoring, and over half pointed out the cheap running costs as a reason to buy one. Keeping up with contemporary technology was also among the top reasons given to buy one.
We selected three young learner drivers who hadn’t been behind the wheel of an electric car before and asked them to try it out, compared to the conventionally-fuelled cars they had been learning on. Check out the video below to see how they got on.
Good news about electric vehicles continues, we’ve released new figures today showing that there has been a 138.5% increase in plug-in car purchases in the first nine months of 2015. More than 20,000 British motorists switched to electric between January and September – a big step up from 2014.
There are now more than 27 pure electric or plug-in hybrid cars available to UK drivers, and it’s believed that the wide choice of vehicles is behind this surge in uptake. The biggest growth has been in plug-in hybrid cars, as demand has accelerated by 226.5% for this type of vehicle against last years’ registrations.
This is reflected in the latest bestsellers list. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is top of the table, with 9,303 sold this year. This is followed by the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 with 4,285 and 1,564 sales respectively.
The signs are all there that the future is bright for the electric car market. The Government anticipates that 5% of new car registrations will be ultra low emission by 2020 – a prediction that seems to be on track given today’s announcement.
You can book a test drive and try an electric car for yourself at www.goultralow.com/car-selector
This week, 12 locations across the UK launched their bids for a share of £35m government funding that will go to the first official Go Ultra Low Cities. The scheme, set up by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), rewards the cities that show the greatest potential to deliver an uptake in ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The cities awarded Go Ultra Low status are likely to see thousands of new ULEVs on their roads over the next 5 years, improving air quality and helping to transform people’s quality of life in their cities.
A variety of inventive proposals have been put forward, many of which have nationwide potential. They include:
- Shared use of bus lanes for plug-in cars and vans
- A car scrappage scheme to replace conventionally-fuelled vehicles with ULEVs
- Replacing existing council fleets with pure electric and ultra low emission models
- Increasing ULEV salary sacrifice schemes to make ultra low emission vehicles more accessible
- EV carpools for public and private sector workers
- Energy-efficient LED street lights that double-up as electric vehicle charge points
- On-street community charging facilities in locations where charging is presently impractical or limited
- Long-term EV parking at major transport hubs
- Enhancing usability and benefits for low-emission car club members with greater charging and parking options
You can see the full list of cities and authorities vying to be the first Go Ultra Low Cities here: https://www.goultralow.com/blog/who-will-be-the-uks-first-go-ultra-low-cities/
The bids are now being considering and the winning cities will be announced before the end of the year.
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