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,
The future is bright for electric cars in 2017, as new figures released recently indicate that more than 100,000 plug-in cars could be on UK roads by the middle of this year. This prediction is fuelled by record numbers of electric car registrations in 2016, with volumes rising 29% on the previous 12 months. In fact, every quarter of 2016 produced year-on-year growth, with the total number of EVs on UK roads now at more than 87,000.
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.
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.
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With a growing network of over 11,000 chargepoints in the UK,
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,
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,
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