Electric vehicle sales to outnumber petrol and diesels in 10 years’ time

29th June 2016

In ten years’ time, the sales of electric vehicles on UK roads could begin to overtake those of petrol and diesel cars. We’ve just released our new study which shows that more than half of all new cars sold in the UK could be electric from 2027, and by 2040 all new cars sold will be electric.

 

More and more people are realising the huge benefits that come with driving electric cars – tax incentives, a great driving experience and driving costs from as low as 2p per mile. Our study indicates that when the market reaches tipping point, at least 1.3 million electric cars will be sold per year. The rise in the number of public chargepoints and design developments to the vehicles are also credited with helping people make the switch to electric.

 

The rise in electric vehicles over the last few years has been dramatic, and people are starting to notice. Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express magazine said that there was a clear “step-change in public perception of these vehicles”. Just over 1,000 plug-in cars were sold in 2011, which increased to more than 28,000 sold last year. There have been more than 60,000 electric cars registered in the UK in the past five years.

 

There’s an electric car to suit any lifestyle. Be part of the movement – find the right one for you and book a test drive here.

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Win tickets to the FIA Formula E finale in London

22nd June 2016

Want the chance to witness one of the most exciting events in motor racing this summer? We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for FIA Formula E’s grand finale in London’s Battersea Park on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first all-electric motor racing series, featuring electric racing cars from top teams such as ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport, Renault e.Dams and Mahindra Racing, with incredible drivers such as Sam Bird, Bruno Senna and Nicolas Prost.

Spectators will be able to watch qualifying rounds and a race on both Saturday and Sunday, with cars travelling at over 100mph around the remarkable track in Battersea Park. Fans can also visit the eVillage, an entertainment area for the whole family, with the opportunity to meet the drivers, see the latest electric and hybrid cars from Renault and BMW, try out racing simulators, and enjoy post-race podium celebrations in a party atmosphere. Read more on the FIA Formula E website.

To enter, all you have to do is visit us on Twitter, follow us and retweet our FIA Formula E competition tweet, or like us on Facebook and share our FIA Formula E competition post.

The competition closes at 4pm on Wednesday 29th June. Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary – the FIA Formula E 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 Wednesday 29th June from those who retweet the competition tweet or share the competition Facebook post during the competition period (Wednesday 22nd June to 4pm Wednesday 29th June)
  • Entries after the competition period will not be considered
  • There are no cash alternatives to the stated prize
  • Go Ultra Low will notify the winner by mentioning them in a tweet, and direct message (DM) to the Twitter account they used to enter the competition (if they entered on Twitter) or confirm their name in Go Ultra Low’s announcement on Facebook, and request their details
  • The winner must contact Go Ultra Low with their details on or before Thursday 30th June, or Go Ultra Low will be forced to select an alternative winner
  • Events may occur that render the giveaway itself or the awarding of the stated prize, or any prize, impossible due to reasons beyond the control of Go Ultra Low and accordingly Go Ultra Low may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the promotion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to Go Ultra Low as a result thereof

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Test drive the future in Oxford

16th June 2016

It’s Low Carbon Week in Oxford at the moment, with a variety of pop up events on sustainability and being green happening all over the city. One of those events is taking place this Sunday 19th June, and visitors will have the chance to test drive the latest electric cars.

 

Taking place from 11am – 4pm at Magdalen College School, the day will celebrate developments in sustainable engineering and technology, and those who attend will have the chance to test drive electric cars from BMW, Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi. A series of talks will be held throughout the day on the science and engineering of electric vehicles, and the final talk – ‘Electric cars are rubbish, aren’t they?’ – will be given by EV-enthusiast Robert Llewellyn. Robert will also be judging a model car challenge on the day.

 

Earlier this year Oxford became one of eight cities to receive Government funding as part of the Go Ultra Low Cities scheme. Oxford was awarded money as an exemplar city to launch the UK’s largest pilot which will see the installation of innovative new chargepoints, such as those that double up as street lights with the aim of increasing the number of electric vehicles across the city

 

So if you’re in the area and want to know more about electric cars and whether they’re right for you, get down to Magdalen College on Sunday.

 

You can find out more about the event here: http://lcoweek.org/events/test-drive-the-future-2/

 

Or to book a test drive now, just visit https://www.goultralow.com/choose-your-electric-car/

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5 ways to save money with an electric car

8th June 2016

electric cars looking cool

Electric cars can be a very effective way to save you money on motoring. Read on for our top five ways to save by switching to driving electric…

 

Fuel

It can cost less than 2p per mile to drive an electric car. Compared to the cost of running an average internal combustion engine vehicle (around 12p per mile), this can add up to big savings for electric car owners. In fact, you could save over £750 a year in fuel bills alone by making the switch!

 

Road tax

Electric vehicles are exempt from road tax (or Vehicle Excise Duty) due to their low levels of CO2 emissions. That’s one more bill that you won’t have to worry about as an electric car owner.

 

Garage bills

Switching to an electric car could save you hundreds of pounds on your service and maintenance bills. The cost of an annual service can be pretty steep for all car owners, but the price of annual servicing and maintenance for a new pure electric vehicle is just £94. The equivalent cost for a petrol or diesel car is £400, so that works out to a saving of over £300 a year for electric motorists!

 

Government grant

The UK Government can lend you a helping hand with the upfront cost of buying an electric car. They provide a Plug-In Car Grant of up to £4,500 off the price of an electric car, and up to £8,000 off the price of a van. This grant will be applied during your purchase at the dealer, so you don’t even need to worry about applying yourself.

 

Local perks

As an electric car owner you may be eligible for specific benefits in your area through regional initiatives, such as discounted or free parking, or being exempt from the congestion charge in London. The number of these local incentives is increasing as electric vehicles grow in popularity and through the help of the Go Ultra Low Cities initiative, so check with your local council to see what’s available in your area.

 

Find out which money-saving electric car is right for you – try our car selector now.

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Zipcar gives Londoners the chance to try electric motoring

7th June 2016

Zipcar is helping to bring electric motoring to more people in London by introducing 50 Volkswagen Golf GTEs to its fleet. In a new partnership with Westminster City Council and Volkswagen UK, these plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will now be available to Zipcar members across the capital. 40 of the cars will be located in the City of Westminster, with 10 additional vehicles located in other parts of London. To aid the uptake, Westminster City Council has also installed new chargepoints in 40 of their car club parking bays.

 

The Golf GTE will cost the same hourly rate as the conventional Golf – £7 an hour – giving Zipcar members a compelling reason to go electric.

 

According to the latest Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs, one in 10 UK car club members have now used an electric vehicle. This new initiative from Zipcar will make it even easier for drivers to try out electric motoring.

 

For more information on the announcement, head to: http://www.zipcar.co.uk/press/releases/zipcar-launches-new-fleet-of-50-cutting-edge-volkswagen-golf-gte-plug-in-hybrid-electric-cars

 

Further details about the Volkswagen Golf GTE can be found here.

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