EV Day with the Woodland Trust

15th October 2016

The Go Ultra Low team has visited the Woodland Trust head offices in Grantham, along with nine EVs for the very first EV Day for the Woodland Trust employees.  We provided a wide range vehicles for the Woodland Trust employees to test drive, including EVs from BMW, Mitsubishi, Renault, Nissan, Audi and VW.


Over 40 test drives took place over the course of the day. Most Woodland Trust staff had never driven an EV before and were blown away by both the capabilities of the vehicles and the potential cost savings, leaving many considering purchasing an EV in the future.


The Woodland Trust is now committed to adopting more electric vehicles as part of their sustainability commitment and mission statement to protect UK woodlands and the environment as a whole. The charity is currently in the process of adding pure electric vans to its fleet and installing charge points at its head office and wanted to provide an opportunity for their staff to learn more about electric vehicles and encourage them to adopt them in the future.


To test drive an electric car yourself, please visit our electric car selector.


For more about the Woodland Trust go to: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk.

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£10m charging investment to boost electric vehicle uptake

14th October 2016

The electric vehicle charging network continues to expand as it was announced today that the government is investing £10 million in charging infrastructure. £7.5m will be invested in workplace charging, making it easier than ever for employers to accommodate EV-owning employees, and the remaining £2.5m will go towards on-street residential chargepoints.


This investment is set to enhance motorists’ confidence in being able to charge their electric car (despite over 90% of charging taking place at home), and comes as monthly registrations figures reveal the ever-increasing popularity of EVs. More plug-in cars were registered from January to September this year than in the whole of 2015.


There are already over 11,000 public chargepoints in the UK. To find the one nearest to you, click here.

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Oxford resident follows Kia Soul EV to £750

13th October 2016

This week, one lucky Oxford resident took home £750 in our #FollowTheSuitcase competition. During the competition, we went on a journey around Oxford in an all-electric Kia Soul EV, giving out clues as to where we would end up, and asking people to head to the mystery final location to enter into our prize draw. Morgane, pictured above, was fortunate enough to have her named selected and to go home with the prize!


Councillors from both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Council were in attendance to support the competition, and to discuss the low-emission initiatives being introduced in Oxford since the city was awarded Go Ultra Low City funding in January.


The competition highlights the money-saving potential of electric vehicles, as £750 is the average amount drivers can save on fuel per year by switching to electric. Even more money can be saved on road tax and servicing and maintenance costs. To find out how much you could save, click here.

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#FollowTheSuitcase today in Oxford to win £750!

11th October 2016

Today, the #FollowTheSuitcase competition comes to Oxford! We’re giving away £750, the amount drivers can save on fuel per year with an electric car, and it could be yours. We’ll be driving around the city in a Kia Soul EV between 11am-1pm, giving away clues to our final destination. All you need to do is track us online, figure out the clues, and meet us at the final destination to be in with a chance of winning!


Track our journey at www.followthesuitcase.com or find the clues on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.



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EV showcase in Nottingham

5th October 2016

Considering an electric car and living in the Nottingham area? Go Ultra Low and Nottingham City Council are inviting residents to get a closer look at some electric vehicles at an EV showcase in the city centre next week, on Wednesday 12 October.


The event will take place between 10am-4pm in Old Market Square, with a great variety of cars on display. You’ll be able to see the BMW i3 and i8, the Volkswagen Passat GTE, the Audi A3 e-tron and Q7 e-tron, Mitsubishi’s Outlander PHEV, the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200, and the Kia Soul EV and Optima PHEV.


Nottingham was named as one of the UK’s first Go Ultra Low Cities at the start of this year, and received funding to promote the use of electric vehicles in the city. This event is part of a larger programme of activity from Nottingham City Council to help those in the Nottingham area learn more about the capabilities and benefits of electric vehicles.


To book a test drive in any of these cars, visit our car selector.

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Win £750 in Oxford next week

4th October 2016

On 11th October, Oxford will be the latest city to host our #FollowTheSuitcase competition. We’ll be giving Oxford residents the chance to win £750 – the amount that you could save on fuel per year by switching to an electric car. These savings are made possible by the lower running costs of electric cars, which are as little as 2p per mile, compared to petrol/diesel cars which range from 10-12p per mile.


Next Tuesday, we’ll be making our way around Oxford in an all-electric Kia Soul EV. As we drive, we’ll be giving away clues as to our final destination on Twitter. To get involved, just follow our journey on our website use the clues to figure out our final destination, and head over there. Once you get to the final location, you’ll need to enter your name into the prize draw with a Go Ultra Low team member and tweet a selfie with the Soul EV when it arrives, to be in with a chance of winning.


At the beginning of the year, Oxford was one of eight cities to secure funding through the Go Ultra Low Cities initiative. This funding will help improve air quality and supporting electric motoring are priorities for the city, and the funding has aided the introduction of schemes such as Oxford’s special residential charging pilot – involving the addition of 100 on-street electric vehicle chargepoints on Oxford’s streets.


Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds to #followthesuitcase on Tuesday 11th October. You can also follow our journey and find out more at www.followthesuitcase.com.

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