Go Ultra Low - a campaign to increase purchase consideration of electric vehicles supported by the government and SMMT - has today announced a new initiative for public and private sector organisations that already use EVs, or offer them to employees as company cars, to be eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, providing there’s a commitment for EVs to make up at least 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 over £600m until 2020 to support the plug-in vehicle grant, expand the charging infrastructure, and boost the electric car industry.
The first 11 organisations to receive Go Ultra Low Company status are: AMT Vehicle Rental; Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust; Environment Agency; Fleetdrive Electric; eConnect Cars; Gnewt Cargo; Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service; London Fire Brigade; Manchester Metropolitan University; Microsoft UK and University of Birmingham.
The London Fire Brigade runs a car fleet of 57 vehicles, 100% of which will become electric in 2016. The University of Birmingham operates 15 plug-in cars and vans – representing 16% of its total fleet. Currently, 6% of Microsoft UK’s fleet are EVs, with plans to increase this share to 15% by October 2016 and 20% by April 2017.
Q1 EV registrations up by 30%
The campaign said that January to April registrations of plug-in cars have reached a record high in the UK, with over 13,065 new EVs sold in the first four months of 2016, an increase of 30%. EV registrations to UK businesses were up 36% during the same period, with more than two thirds of electric vehicles bought today going to corporate and public sector organisations – once again highlighting the important role companies play in adopting low emission technology.