OVO Energy, Oxford City Council, Santander UK, Swansea University, and Gatwick Airport have joined our electric vehicle future. A fine list of 100+ companies and organizations have now joined the Go Ultra Low campaign in the UK.
Britvic, London Fire Brigade, and Microsoft UK are also included in the pledge that EVs will make up at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020.
As hoped, many of companies plan to exceed this target: Santander UK, for example, now operates 57 electric vehicles and wants them to represent 10% of its 1,400-strong fleet by 2020! Oxford City Council has similar ambitions. The Council plans for 7% of its fleet to be fully electric models by the end of the decade.
The Go Ultra Low companies are setting targets, but more importantly dispelling all those ridiculous EV misconceptions that chug along from region to region. At the same time, the companies are improving UK air quality and reducing the country’s carbon footprint.
Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said: “The UK is the third-best country in the world at tackling climate change and we’re investing in innovative clean technologies to support the move to a low-carbon economy through our ambitious Industrial Strategy. This Government backs companies that make the switch to low emission vehicles through grants and incentives – it’s good for business, good for the air we all breathe and good for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas we produce.”
CleanTechnica earlier reported: “A recent forecast/analysis from the UK’s Go Ultra Low campaign has predicted that electric vehicles could be the dominant form of personal transportation in the UK as early as 2027.”
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The UK Government wants every new car and van in Britain to be ultra-low emission by 2040, and the corporate sector has a huge role to play in achieving this goal.”
Kudos to these companies. CleanTechnica’s editor-in-chief spells out what it means to be an EV leader (or any leader) for societal progress: “Leaders don’t just follow the trend. Leaders create the trend and hack down the weeds with a machete to create new paths. Leaders do things that people previously didn’t see or think possible — not things that seemed obvious and easy.”
Early EV drivers have largely gone electric for environmental reasons. Presumably, these companies and organizations are doing so largely for the environmental benefits. However, there are plenty of other benefits to electric cars, and these organizations will make many more people aware of those additional benefits when they get behind of their company’s or organization’s electric vehicles.
Survey results from our new EV report. Responses came from over 2,000 EV drivers across 26 European countries, 49 of 50 US states, and 9 Canadian provinces. Responses were segmented according to region — North America vs Europe — and type of electric car — plug-in hybrid vs Tesla vs non-Tesla fully electric car.
A Go Ultra Low survey in the UK (in November 2016) proved that almost 700,000 UK motorists would join the electric vehicle (EV) revolution if they were given the opportunity by their employers.
“The survey found that only 25% of businesses offered electric company cars to employees. Of those motorists who were not able to go electric, 69% said they would be ‘likely’ to choose an EV as their next company car if they were made available. Despite these challenges, data from the SMMT show registrations of EVs to private and public sector organizations during the first half of 2017 accounted for 65% of the total amount – demonstrating the strong appetite for electric vehicles in the corporate sector.”
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