New Brand Makes it Easy for New Car Buyers to Drive Electric

DriveElectric has launched with a desire to help people identify electric cars not only as an environmentally friendly transport solution, but as a practical and affordable option when choosing a new car. With the UK’s public charging-point network growing everyday, advances in battery technology making electric cars more affordable (and with greater mileage range) than ever before, anyone looking to buy a new car now has the realistic option to consider an electric version and move away from traditional fuel engines. Having undertaken market research, which included a survey with more than 180 respondents and a focus group of existing and potential electric vehicle users, Fleetdrive Management Ltd, the parent company, have worked to develop a consumer brand which reflects the market needs and provides specialist support to nurture this growing sector. DriveElectric will focus exclusively on making it simple for new car buyers…

Tesla unveil the Model 3

Tesla has finally unveiled the highly anticipated Model 3, hours after fans around the globe already began lining up at its stores to order the luxury brand’s new affordable vehicle. The company’s chief executive Elon Musk dramatically revealed a red, silver and matte black model of the electric car after a lengthy talk that covered the company’s dedication to the environment and journey to affordability, stating that the five-seater Tesla Model 3 would start at $35,000 (£24,423) and have a range of at least 215 miles (346km) per charge. He added that his goal was to produce about 500,000 vehicles a year once production got up to full speed. He also revealed the Model 3 will be able to go zero to 60mph in less than six seconds, saying: ‘At Tesla, we don’t make slow cars’. The first deliveries of the vehicle are scheduled…

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…

Try electric vehicles with commitment-free flexi lease

Sustainable car and van leasing specialists, Fleetdrive Electric, have extended their product range to include an Electric Vehicle Flexi-lease. Fleet operators looking to explore how electric vehicles can realistically add benefit to their business can now try on a commitment-free flexible lease arrangement. It is estimated that switching just one fleet vehicle to an electric alternative can reduce fleet running costs by up to £2,000 a year in fuel savings alone and save on average 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle. With more and more public charge points becoming available, and the affordable solutions of workplace charging stations, electric vehicles are increasingly popular for business vehicles. Fleetdrive Electric, with their extensive knowledge and market-leading experience of electric vehicles, provide ongoing support to fleets making the switch to electric. This includes providing driver training to ensure that when a business makes the investment in this…

Slough Borough Council add 15th Electric Car to fleet

Slough Borough Council’s ‘green’ credentials are motoring ahead as Fleetdrive deliver to them their 15th electric car, a Nissan Leaf. Following a sustainable fleet analysis with Fleetdrive’s award-winning team of experts, a number of practical operational uses were identified where electric vehicles could generate long-term savings for the Local Authority. Slough Borough Council are currently leasing 4 electric vehicles, 2 of which are on a monthly rolling agreement, and staff and Councillors are participating in the electric car trial project, ‘My Electric Avenue’, which has seen them adopt an additional 11 Nissan Leaf cars for the 18 month trial. ‘My Electric Avenue’ is a pioneering project, funded by Ofgem, aiming to find out what impact electric cars will have on the electricity supply when more people start to use them and trialling a new technology to more effectively manage the power supply. Participants in…

New animation highlights benefits of Electric Vehicle options

Fleetdrive have joined up with the Department for Transport and the Energy Saving Trust to produce a series of animations designed to help all motorists, but particularly small fleet operators, understand how new technology for drive trains operate. The animation, ‘Which car is most efficient for you?’ features a voiceover by TV presenter Robert Llewellyn and explains the differences between petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, extended-range electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles. It offers a comprehensive guide to drivers and fleet decision-makers about which technology is likely to be most efficient for their driving needs. There are short animations about each of the individual technologies, lasting around two minutes each, as well as a longer 10 minute version for people who are keen to learn more about low and ultra-low emission vehicles. All of which can be viewed in our website video gallery at…

Government look to convert public sector fleets to EVs

Plans to encourage public sector car fleets to take up electric vehicles have been announced as the Government unveils its infrastructure spending plan. The National Infrastructure Plan commits over £375bn of planned public and private sector investment to energy, transport, communications and water projects and includes the announcement that the Government is to take forward steps to convert public sector car fleets to electric vehicles, investing £5m in a pilot during the year 2014 to 2015. The National Infrastructure Plan also includes the announcement of plans to make the UK a world centre for the testing and development of driverless cars, with the Government adding that it will conduct a review to ensure that the legislative and regulatory framework to support this aim, reporting late 2014. It will also create a £10m prize fund for a town or city to develop as a testing…

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