On the 7th November we held our second annual Fleet Summit – The Future of the Car. The event brought together thought leaders from across the industry to discuss the issues facing businesses when introducing electric vehicles to their fleets. We already know that businesses are leading the charge when it comes to electric vehicle uptake, and demand for electric vehicles is growing among fleets and company car drivers – but more can be done to fuel the revolution.
At the Summit, Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low revealed results from our recent research (in partnership with Sewells Research and Insight) found that only 25% of businesses currently offer electric company cars to employees. Of those motorists who are not currently able to choose electric vehicles, 70% said they would be ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to consider one as their next company car if they were made available. Data from HMRC shows that there are more than 940,000 company cars registered in the UK, which means that almost 700,000 UK motorists would join the electric revolution if they were given the opportunity by their employers.
The summit gave attendees the opportunity to share their thoughts on how electric vehicles will form an important part in the future of fleets, and our expert panel discussed the various issues that fleet managers currently face.
Deputy Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), Dr Bob Moran chaired the event, and was joined by Will Smith from Britvic (a Go Ultra Low Company), Chris Chandler from Lex Autolease, Rupert Pontin from Glass’s, Robert Evans from the UK Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Association, and Karl Anders from Nissan. Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers, also provided an industry-wide view on the importance of electric vehicles.
In her opening remarks, Poppy said, “As an industry, it is our collective responsibility to give businesses confidence to be bold and realise the multiple benefits that plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars can bring, including cost savings and a carbon footprint reduction”.
Transport Minister John Hayes closed the event with a speech, concluding that: “Low-emission vehicles have enormous potential to usher in a new era for road transport. We want to make it easier for companies to adopt these cleaner cars, and recently made £7.5 million available to workplaces who want to install chargepoints.”
We now have over 70 Go Ultra Low Companies – who have a commitment for their fleets to be at least 5% ultra low emission vehicles by 2050. If you’d be interested in becoming one, please find out more and apply here.
Want an electric car but concerned about charging? Many people who would benefit from and enjoy electric driving are unaware of the latest information on charging and charging networks. So to tackle some misconceptions, we’ve teamed up with AutoTrader, a trusted authority on new and used cars, to create a set of new videos.
Where can you charge an electric car?
With a growing network of over 11,000 chargepoints in the UK, including rapid chargers at 96% of motorway service stations, along with grants provided for the installation of chargepoints at home and work, there are now a wealth of options when it comes to where and how you can charge and electric car:
How long does charging take?
Another video in our series tackles common questions around charging, including the speed of different chargepoints and how long the battery charge will last:
How far can electric cars go?
Our third video addresses range, explaining the difference between plug in (pure) electric vehicles and plug in hybrids and the differences in their ranges:
Have you considered a plug-in hybrid for your next car? Pure electric vehicles nowadays can have a range of over 100 miles on a single charge. This is more than enough for most journeys, as the average car journey in the UK is around 10 miles, but if you regularly travel further afield, maybe a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) would be right for you.
PHEVs combine both an electric motor with an internal combustion engine giving you the best of both worlds. The range on PHEVs is pretty impressive too, the one with the longest range can travel up to 800 miles in range before needing to refuel. Most PHEVs can travel up to 30 miles on electricity which is great for shorter urban journeys. If you need to go further, an economic petrol or diesel engine enables you travel those longer distances.
This means that PHEV owners can still benefit from the low running costs of electric motoring when doing their day-to-day journeys, but have the added flexibility of travelling further without needing to top up on longer journeys.
There is now a wide variety of PHEVs available, ranging from hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTE, to the SUV-sized Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, to sports cars such as BMW’s i8.
Other plug-in hybrids involved in our campaign include the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and the Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
Find the right electric vehicle for you and book a test drive by using our car selector tool.
We braved the cold weather on November 5th to attend the Regent Street Motor Show, and spread the word about electric vehicles from our stand in the Low Emission Zone, with our partners Transport for London. Every year Regent Street is closed to traffic and filled with cars from vintage models to the newest editions featuring cutting edge technology.
We were there with a wide range of low and zero emission vehicles including plug-in hybrids, pure electric and range extended vehicles from the Kia Optima PHEV, to a custom-colour BMW i8, and the Toyota Prius Plug-in. We enjoyed answering questions from many of you about switching to electric, and were pleased to offer test drives on Conduit Street in our Renault Twizys, Kia Soul EV, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Audi A3 e-tron and Passat GTE.
We look forward to attending again next year.
Have you tried an electric car for yourself yet? Visit our car selector to choose a vehicle and book a free test drive.
Win the chance to escape into Britain’s beautiful forests this autumn. This week we’re holding a competition to give away five memberships for the Woodland Trust. Read on to find out how you can enter!
Visit us this weekend at the Regent Street Motor Show a free motor show featuring some of the world’s most cutting edge automotive technology from 125 years of motoring. We’ll be in the Low Emission Motoring Zone with our partners Transport for London showcasing the latest ultra low emission cars and offering test drives. Visit our stand and provide your name and email address to enter.
Alternatively you can enter through social media. Visit our Twitter page and RT our competition post, or take a look at our Facebook page, where you can share and comment on our competition post to enter. We will draw five winners from all entries on Monday 7th November. Good luck!
#WoodlandGetaway: Terms & Conditions
- No purchase is necessary – our #WoodlandGetaway 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 winners will be chosen at random on Monday 7th November from all entries – those who provide their email and name at our stand, retweet the competition tweet, or share and comment on our Facebook competition post, between Thursday 3rd November and Monday 7th November
- Entries posted after the closing date will not be considered
- There are no cash alternatives and Go Ultra Low’s decision is final
- We will notify the winners via the channel they entered on (email, Facebook or Twitter) on the account they used to enter the competition. If we do not receive a response within one working day we reserve the right to pick an alternative winner
- Please note that events may occur that render the giveaway itself or the awarding of a 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.
Earlier this year, we ran the Gran Prix competition to find Britain’s most passionate female car fan aged over 60. Helen Jones was chosen as our winner, so we invited her down to the iconic Brands Hatch racing circuit to star in her very own car review video – with a little help from Top Gear legend Quentin Willson.
Helen swapped her own Aston Martin DB9 sports car for a pure-electric Volkswagen e-Golf for the day. She and Quentin discovered which car was quicker off the line, and whether electric cars can be just as fun to drive. Watch the video to see how they got on.
Want to try an electric car for yourself? Visit our car selector and book a test drive.
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