Leasing firms drive electric vehicle uptake

21st March 2016

Fleets are leading the charge when it comes to the uptake of electric vehicles. This is supported by the latest quarterly figures from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA). They show that the number of fleet managers making the switch to plug-in vehicles is on the up. In fact, the figures show that almost one in 20 of all new leased cars registered in the last quarter of 2015 was a plug-in vehicle, well ahead of the 1.3% figure for all new registrations.


The rise in electric cars among corporate fleets also means a reduction in CO2 emissions. The average lease car added to a BVRLA member fleet in 2016 emitted just 112.6g/km CO2, which is more than 7% less than the average new car registered in 2015.


More and more fleets across the UK are realising the multiple benefits of electric vehicles, and BVRLA members continue to play a key role in this through education on whole-life costs and employee benefits. We’re encouraging more businesses to be bold with their choice of fleet vehicles and open their thinking to introduce electric vehicles.


Read more about electric company cars here: https://www.goultralow.com/company-cars-and-fleet-vehicles/

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Lightbulb moments: Indira Chima and the Renault ZOE

10th March 2016

We’re pleased to bring you the next in our monthly Lightbulb Moments blog series. This month, we got the thoughts of Owners’ Club member Indira Chima on why she decided to make the switch from petrol to an electric car.


“When my old car packed in, I actually had my sights on a VW Golf for my next car. So when my husband first mentioned getting an electric vehicle, I laughed! But a seed was planted. After doing my own research, the numbers were compelling. I had recently started my own business and needed a low cost car, and the savings with an electric car were huge. The defining point for me was when we took several electric vehicles home to test drive and realised how easily they could fit in with our lifestyle, and just how much fun they were to drive. They were exciting! I haven’t looked back, and can’t envisage not being electric.”


Are you thinking about going electric? Check out our car selector tool  here to find out which electric car is right for you.



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Electric car grant: the lowdown on the changes for 2016

2nd March 2016

Considering buying an electric car? From yesterday (1st March 2016) the electric car grant (also known as the plug-in car grant), which helps car buyers with the cost of buying a new electric car, has changed. These changes will help even more drivers switch to an electric car, as the grant has been extended until at least March 2018.

Electric vehicles are now split into one of three categories based on their CO₂ emissions and their zero emission range. The higher the zero emission range and lower the CO2, the more afforded by the grant. Cars that have a shorter zero emission range will receive less.

The new categories:

  • Category 1: Cars with a zero emission range of over 70 miles will receive a grant of £4,500 (covering pure electric cars such as the BMW i3 and Nissan LEAF)
  • Category 2: Cars that have CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km and a zero emission range of between 10 and 69 miles (typically hybrids such as the Audi A3 e-tron and Toyota Prius Plug-in) will receive £2,500.
  • Category 3: Cars with CO₂ emissions of 50 to 75g/km and a zero emission range of at least 20 miles will also receive £2,500.

Cars priced over £60,000 that fall into Categories 2 or 3 will no longer be eligible for the grant.

And if you’re interested in the other available grants, the plug-in van grant, offering up to £8,000 off the price of an electric van, continues unchanged. The home charging point grant also continues, offering £500 to help with the cost of installing a charging socket at your home.

To find out more, including a list of eligible vehicles and FAQs visit the announcement page on gov.uk. If purchasing a car please speak to your local dealer to check availability of the grant before you make your purchase.

To choose your electric car, use our car selector tool.

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