The holly and the EV… why I’m dreaming of a greener Christmas – Ben Fogle

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, a time for family, friends and reflection. At home we embrace the shorter days with wintery walks and mulled wine (for the grown-ups of course). I’m sure I’m not alone in taking time to reflect over the festive season too. I enjoy making a note of the positive moments from the past year and what I might do differently in the New Year.

My work has taken me all over the world this year, but one of my new experiences of 2019 took place a little closer to home. The nature of my work means I have a higher carbon footprint than many, and I’m always looking at different ways to help  reduce my impact on the planet.

In the autumn, I became an ambassador for Go Ultra Low. I’d been considering switching to electric for a while, and the role encouraged me to take the plunge and make the switch.

It’s fair to say the family had mixed reactions at first – excitement from the kids, apprehension from my wife Marina – but there is no doubt that we’ve all come around as we’re enjoying the smoother ride of the electric vehicles. A short test drive of one of these cars was enough to convince me that they’re the future, and with over 45 models to choose from, it seems there’s already a vehicle for everyone.

I’m not alone in going electric this year, as registrations figures continue to soar.

It’s not surprising that so many people have decided to try an electric car; the latest rapid charging technology means I can charge my car’s battery up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes. The financial benefits of owning an EV are not to be sniffed at either – did you know that some pure electric cars could cost as little as 2p per mile to run, compared with 10-14p for diesel and petrol alternatives? EV owners can also enjoy markedly lower maintenance and running costs which is also driving the change towards wider adoption.

For those who want to see the electric vehicles in action, Go Ultra Low has announced a Christmas tree collection service in the New Year. Some residents in Birmingham, Brighton and Camden will have access to a one-off collection service on Tuesday January 7th 2020. The trees will be taken to local recycling points where they will be reused in sustainable ways.

If, like me, you’d like to take positive steps in the New Year and make some environmentally friendly new resolutions, this could be a good way to make a start.

I’m a firm believer in making small steps which can add up to make a big difference. Switching to an electric vehicle could be one change you could make in the New Year – that will make a positive difference not only to the environment, but to your finances too. For more information about the Christmas tree collection service and to find out if it’s operating in your local area visit

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