Citroen Delays Electric Berlingo Lease Availability

The launch of Citroen’s Berlingo Electric has been delayed until later in the year, likely to be the Autumn, but not yet confirmed. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more…   Click here to view our range of electric vans for lease.  

My Electric Avenue takes to the road

We were joined by MP Dr Phillip Lee at our My Electric Avenue demonstration event in Bracknell on Saturday 18 May.   My Electric Avenue is an innovative project that aims to provide a solution to the potential impact that the recharging of electric vehicles (EVs) may have on the local electricity network.   The project is therefore looking for ten ‘electric avenues’ – groups or ‘clusters’ of ten people or more – where each person will drive an electric car for 18 months to trial a new technology which will monitor and control the electricity used when the car is being charged.   Look out for our demonstration team coming to a town near you!   Read more about the project here  

EST launches free online carbon footprint tool

Energy Saving Trust (EST) has developed a new online service which provides organisations with an accurate business transport carbon footprint, as well as recommendations for next steps to help reduce costs and emissions.   ‘Fleet Health Check Online’ is straightforward to use. Organisations simply need to answer a few questions about their fleet.   The service is free and EST’s advice is completely impartial.   Funded by the Department for Transport, EST has worked with hundreds of organisations of all sizes to help them reduce their carbon footprint and save money.   David Watts, fleet partnership manager at Energy Saving Trust, said: “Organisations are under increasing pressure to reduce fleet emissions and operating costs.   “Our new carbon footprinting service has been developed to help employers understand the impact of their transport operations and take steps towards reducing emissions.   “It costs approximately £600…

Source London delivers 1,300 Electric Vehicle charging points

Source London, the capital’s electric vehicle charge point network and membership scheme, has now met the Mayor of London’s commitment to provide 1,300 publicly accessible charging points.   Since its launch two years ago, 1,300 charging points have been installed by a consortium of over 60 public and private partners, led by Transport for London (TfL), at over 300 sites in the capital.   These include supermarkets, shopping centres, council and private car parks, hospitals and on the street – and make it Europe’s largest urban charging network.   The electric vehicle market in London is now sufficiently mature to mean that there are private sector companies who are well positioned to invest in electric vehicle charging in the capital and to successfully expand the scheme even further.   Matthew Pencharz, environment and political advisor to the Mayor of London, said: “The Mayor’s plans…

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid will meet new London Congestion Charge policy

With CO2 emissions of 48g/km, the Volvo V60 D6 AWD will still benefit from the newly confirmed Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) for London’s congestion charge scheme when the new limit of 75g/km of CO2 comes into force on July 1, 2013.   Recent announcements regarding taxation of diesel hybrid cars mean it will also continue to benefit from being in the lowest BIK tax band.   Recently confirmed by Transport for London, the current Greener Vehicle Discount and Electric Vehicle Discount will be replaced by the ULED and bring the CO2 eligibility of vehicles down from 100g/km to 75g/km.   This means that the Volvo V60 D6 AWD will still benefit from free* entry into London’s congestion charge zone as well as reduced parking fees in some areas, at the same time as attracting zero first year vehicle tax and zero annual vehicle…

See us at GreenFleet Arrive 'N' Drive event – Rockingham 16th May 2013

  Fleetdrive Electric are proud to be exhibiting at the GreenFleet Arrive ‘N’ Drive event. Held at Rockingham, in Northamptonshire on 16th May, it’s the UK’s only fleet event dedicated to helping you lower emissions and costs.   This must attend event provides an intensive day of unique driving experiences, insight and information exchange to enable you to make fleet procurement decisions with confidence.     Leading manufacturers showcase their current and future innovations, with a vast array of vehicles available for test-drive in a variety of driving conditions and environments.   Solution orientated product and service suppliers will also be on hand to highlight their answers to your pressing sustainability questions.   GreenFleet Arrive ‘N’ Drive is free to attend for qualifying individuals in the fleet management and associated industries. Click here to register.  

Electric vehicle trial project is underway

Drive an electric vehicle as part of My Electric Avenue and help us shape a low carbon future – and save you money!   Electric vehicles (EVs) are starting to become more commonplace on our streets, and small pockets, or ‘clusters’, of EV owners are already forming, placing more demand on the local electricity network. Whilst there’s plenty of capacity to deliver power for EV charging across the UK, if the charging requirements are concentrated in small areas and during peak demand, local feeders can become overloaded. With the development of even faster charging times, this problem shows no signs of fading.   EA Technology and Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) are working together with partners under the Ofgem Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund to develop an EV charge control system to balance out the charging cycles of EVs at times of network…

Greater Manchester EV charging network announced

The Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle (GMEV) scheme – a new electric vehicle charging point network and pay as you go programme, led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – has been launched.   The scheme has received £1.7million of support from the Office for Low Emission Vehicle’s (OLEV) funded ‘Plugged In Places’ scheme, as well as a further £1m from the combined authorities’ allocated transport budget.   TfGM is working with the Greater Manchester local authorities to identify locations and install a range of charge points for EVs, which will be operational in the summer.   The locations will be across the 10 districts providing commuters with the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles.   Private sector partners, such as NCP, Manchester Central, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and Intu Trafford Centre are also on board, providing their own charging bays to supplement the network….