Fleet & business

An electric future for UK businesses

We want to encourage every company in the UK to consider the benefits of adding plug-in vehicles to their fleets and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric car.

Key points:

  • Plug-in vehicles can help businesses and fleets save thousands of pounds every year
  • Businesses can take advantage of a number of grants and incentives to grow their electric fleets
  • Record numbers of plug-in cars are being registered in the UK

How can Go Ultra Low help your business?

Go Ultra Low exists to highlight the benefits of electric cars by helping you to understand the potential cost savings and capabilities of the wide range of plug-in cars and vans on the market today.

The collaborative campaign brings together a consortium of leading car manufacturers, Government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), so you can be sure that you are getting all the right information for your business.

The growing electric car market

Since the introduction of Government’s Plug-in Car Grant in 2011, registrations of electric cars have grown dramatically from 1,089, to 2018’s volume of almost 60,000 – contributing to a national total that now exceeds 200,000 plug-in cars.

This rapid rise is fuelled by greater consumer awareness, the increasing number of plug-in cars now available – currently more than 40 models with a further 20 due to hit showrooms over the newt year – plus a range of incentives from Government and local authorities.

What’s more, fleets and businesses are leading the charge for plug-in cars and vans – more than two thirds of EV registrations are made to UK businesses, highlighting the important role that companies play in growing the low-emission vehicle market.

Savings for business. Savings for drivers.

We aim to provide companies and fleet managers with the information they need about plug-in vehicles and highlight how they offer competitive practicality for user choosers and businesses.

For example, the potential higher list price of electric vehicles, when compared with conventionally powered cars, can be offset by other benefits: fuel savings of 6p or more per mile*, an estimated 20-30% saving in service, maintenance and repair costs and Vehicle Excise Duty and Class 1A National Insurance benefits.

Alongside consumer-focused incentives, businesses can make use of capital allowances and workplace charging grants, while employees can access the lowest company car tax rates. This is on top of the competitive whole life costs of running a plug-in car, which can be substantially less than an equivalent petrol or diesel model.

We know there’s a lot to consider, which is why Go Ultra Low has compiled the information you need when making choices for your business fleet, company car or charging infrastructure. Understandably cost management is usually top of your agenda so we also provide you with some really useful interactive tools to calculate the costs of EV ownership.

Our specially-developed interactive cost calculator allows you to input your current vehicle types, fuel consumption and mileage data to compare against real-world electric vehicle data. The results detail the potential in-life ownership cost savings for a range of plug-in vehicles, to help determine which low or zero emission vehicle could be best suited to your requirements.

* A 100% electric car could cost on average around 3p per mile to drive, compared to around 9p-11p per mile for an average petrol or diesel car. Electric pence per mile figures include journey fuel (electricity) costs only, calculated using the Go Ultra Low Journey Cost Savings calculator with independent data provided by Next Green Car, charging at home using electricity priced at the UK average of 14p/kWh (source: Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy average annual domestic energy price statistics 2016). 3p or less per mile applies to: Hyundai IONIQ electric; VW e-Golf and VW e-Up! Comparative diesel fuel cost of 9p per mile based upon the UK average new diesel car fuel consumption of 62mpg (DfT statistics December 2016) using diesel priced at 120p/litre. All costs based upon the official NEDC economy and range figures which are obtained from official EU test data, are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not reflect real driving results. Please bear in mind that you may achieve very different results in real life. These results should be used for comparative purposes only.

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