UK business is embracing an electric future, as new figures show that the Go Ultra Low Companies initiative now has over 100 members signed up. OVO Energy, Oxford City Council, Swansea University, Santander UK and Gatwick Airport are just some of the companies committing to introducing electric vehicles to their fleets.
Great news for electric vehicle owners in the capital – Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has announced that there will be 1,500 new electric vehicle chargepoints installed across the city.
The £4.5m investment, which is part of the Government’s Go Ultra Low Cities programme, and is being delivered by London Councils, TfL and Mayor of London, will initially span across 25 different London boroughs, with the aim of making electric vehicles an easier and more practical option for Londoners.
Yesterday’s Government announcement set out its ambition for a better environment and cleaner air.
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Electric and plug-in hybrid car registrations continue to rise and have now passed the 110,000 mark in the UK. This year alone, there has been a record-breaking increase in uptake. More than 22,400 plug-in models were registered between January and June this year, a rise of 14.3% on 2016, and 53.8% on 2015.
The fully-electric Nissan LEAF was the UK’s best selling plug-in car in the first six months of 2017.
We’ve partnered with Europe EVRT to help promote electric vehicles and boost knowledge of low-carbon technology all over Europe. The EVRT is an electric vehicle road trip with a difference. Not only are all of the cars taking part 100% electric, the whole event focuses on engaging people on the road and at conferences to make them more confident in their knowledge about EVs and sustainable transport. The overarching aim is to demonstrate just how capable the latest electric cars are,
Recently, we helped bring an electrifying atmosphere to Brands Hatch for the first weekend of the British Touring Car Championship, as we joined forces with Evolution Motor Shows to give visitors a closer look at electric vehicles.
All eight of the manufacturers involved in Go Ultra Low were on hand with experts and cars, as well as offering free test drives on a section of the Brands Hatch track.
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Just as the weather starts to get warmer and sunnier, we’re giving you the chance to win an escape to a luxury cabin with Forest Holidays. We’re holding a competition on the Go Ultra Low Twitter channel now to give you the chance to win a £500 voucher towards a stay in a forest cabin, and we’ll even loan you an electric car for your trip to get you there and back.
Go Ultra Low has welcomed a new electric car manufacturer to the campaign, as Hyundai Motors commits to an ultra low emission future and joins the consortium. Ultra low emission vehicles are become increasingly popular in the UK, and this move indicates another manufacturer’s willingness to invest in its electric vehicles.
Hyundai joins the campaign at an exciting time for electric motoring, as the total number of EVs on UK roads is expected to surpass 100,000 by the middle of this year.
The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) kicks off this weekend at Brands Hatch in Kent and, to mark this, we’ve partnered with EVOLUTION to bring its electric Motor Show to the racetrack for the 1st and 2nd April.
As well as the racing excitement, you’ll be able to take a closer look at the full line-up of Go Ultra Low cars, including fully electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen vehicles from the likes of BMW,
Electric taxis could soon become much more commonplace on the streets of major UK cities, as the Department of Transport today announced £64 million of investment to promote their use.
The investment will support two schemes, the first being a new £50 million Plug-in Taxi Grant which will make it easier for taxi drivers to make the switch to electric. The Grant will give drivers up to £7,500 off the price of a new taxi.
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