A new initiative launched this week will recognise UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a new government and automotive industry initiative run by campaign group Go Ultra Low.
As part of the announcement, Fleetdrive Electric has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, in recognition of how the organisation has already opened its vehicle fleets to plug-in cars and vans and made a commitment to boosting their uptake over the next five years.
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by our Go Ultra Low companies and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to the variety of models available and their cost-saving potential, this is a realistic and rewarding option for businesses large and small.”
Public and private sector organisations that already use EVs, or offer them to employees as company cars, are eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, providing there’s a commitment for EVs to make up 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020.
This qualifying criteria mirrors Government forecasts that EVs will represent 5% of total UK new car registrations by the end of the decade. The Government has earmarked £600m until 2020 to support the plug-in vehicle grant, expand the charging infrastructure, and boost the electric car industry.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “It’s great to see a growing number of British fleets going green and I would encourage other businesses to learn from these Go Ultra Low companies and benefit from the huge fuel and tax savings offered by electric vehicles.
“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”
January to April sales of plug-in cars reached a record high in the UK, with over 13,065 new EVs registered in the first four months of 2016, an increase of 30%. Almost two thirds of electric vehicles bought today go to corporate and public sector organisations – once again highlighting the important role companies play in adopting low emission technology.
Mike Potter, Managing Director at Fleetdrive Electric, said: “Fleetdrive Electric are proud to be at the forefront of the UK’s transition to Ultra-low emission vehicles. Since 2010 we have been actively encouraging businesses to explore the benefits that electric vehicles can add to their fleet. In those 6 years, battery and PHEV cars and vans have become an integral part of our offering and a number of our businesses customers have helped us to lead adoption.
“We welcome this important initiative as recognition of Go Ultra Low companies will help to show others that this is not the future – this is happening now.”
Go Ultra Low exists to help UK organisations and motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the raft of electric vehicles on the market. The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of vehicle manufacturers, Government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
UK organisations can apply to become a Go Ultra Low Company via the Go Ultra Low website at www.goultralow.com/fleet