65 UK Organizations Commit To Converting Fleets 5%+ To Electrics By 2020

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A total of 65 organizations in the UK have now pledged to convert at least 5% of their vehicle fleets to electrics by the year 2020 as part of the Go Ultra Low Companies initiative, according to recent reports.

gul-logo-greenAmongst the 65 organizations are ones that possess very substantial vehicle fleets — including Transport for London, Microsoft UK, Britvic, and the University of Cambridge, and many more (see full list below).

Altogether, the current commitments mean that those involved will be collectively using more than 1,000 electric vehicles by 2020. Notably, most of those involved have actually pledged to go considerably beyond just 5% — which means considerably more than 1,000 EVs by 2020, if the goals are met.

Britvic is reportedly planning to achieve a 10% figure by 2020; and the University of Cambridge is aiming for a 20% one. Pledged firm POD Point already possesses a 100% electric vehicle fleet, of course, owing to the nature of its business.

“The response to the Go Ultra Low Companies scheme has been excellent, from both the private and public sectors — ranging from small businesses to an 800-year-old university,” stated Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low. “This eclectic mix of Go Ultra Low Companies is setting an example for the rest of the UK. With more and more electric vehicles now available, we encourage every organization and fleet to consider switching to electric.”

In response to the news, the UK’s transport minister, John Hayes, stated that he thought it was “fantastic” that so many firms were now committed to the goals.

“We want more to follow suit,” he noted. “These companies will benefit from the fuel and tax savings electric vehicles offer, as well as helping to protect the environment.”

As a bit of background, the Go Ultra Low Companies initiative was just launched in May, and is intended to ease collaboration between those in government and industry with regard to electric vehicles, amongst other things. Funding comes from both the government and also from industry. It is a part of the broader Go Ultra Low campaign.

Here’s a full list of companies that have pledged a 5% or more EV fleet:

  • 3F EV Ltd
  • AMT Vehicle Rental
  • Arrow County
  • Autohorn Ltd
  • Brecon Beacons National Park Authority
  • Britvic
  • Butlers Vehicle Solutions
  • Carruthers Ltd
  • Cenex
  • Chargemaster
  • Charged EV
  • Chevin Fleet Solutions
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Co-wheels car club
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
  • Drive Electric
  • Drivve
  • Dudden Ltd
  • eConnect Cars
  • Electric Blue
  • Elm EV
  • Enfield Safety
  • Environment Agency
  • EV Charging Solutions
  • EV Hub
  • The EVOHOME Shop
  • Evolution Chauffeurs
  • Farm Drop
  • Galliford Try
  • GL Ford & Co
  • Gliide
  • Gnewt Cargo
  • Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hoopoe Electric
  • Ian Kenny Framing
  • Iizuka Software Technologies Ltd
  • Imperial Carpets and Flooring
  • JIT Consumables Ltd
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Liquid Fleet Services
  • London Fire Brigade
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Mediahut
  • Microsoft UK
  • Morgan Fire Protection Ltd
  • North Somerset Council
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Ogilvie Fleet
  • P Stewart Rewinds
  • POD Point
  • Repirex International
  • RG Jones Sound Engineering
  • Saville Audio Visual
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Spacestor
  • Tecserve
  • Transport for London
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of the West of England Bristol
  • Vital Energi
  • Way Forward Cycles
  • WEGO Couriers

Yes, we are fully aware that a 5% EV fleet by 2020 is still pretty pitiful. Let’s hope many of these companies soar beyond the target.

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