A2Dominion launches electric vehicle partnership at NW Bicester

A2Dominion, lead developers of the UK’s first eco town, has joined forces with Fleetdrive Electric to drive forward its plans to enable sustainable travel choices at NW Bicester. The aim of the new partnership is to accelerate the transition to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles on the first Exemplar phase of NW Bicester. The partners have shaped a range of initiatives designed to engage, encourage and educate future residents about the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles and practical usage. The aim is to get some 10% of residents switching to an ultra-low emission vehicle (pure electric or plug-in hybrid) by 2017. These initiatives include subsidised electric vehicles (EVs) for champions within the community to share their experiences of using EVs, pop-up neighbourhood test drive events and ‘try before you buy’ flexible leasing options that give residents the opportunity to access ultra-low emission vehicles for…

Plug-in Car Grant rises to 35% of RRP from April

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has altered the Plug-in Car Grant to provide additional funding for the most affordable electric models on the market, while hinting at future differentiation between plug-ins based on their range and CO2 emissions. From the 1st April, buyers will be able to claim a 35% discount of the vehicle’s recommended retail price, up to the already existing £5,000 cap. Significantly, this means electric cars priced under £20,000 will be able to take advantage of most or all of the £5,000 discount for the first time. At the moment, the increased incentive applies to the all except one of the Nissan LEAF trim levels when customers lease the battery, and all versions of the Renault ZOE. Funding remains in place until 2017, or until 50,000 grants have been issued, and the updates do not apply to the Plug-in…