A2Dominion launches electric vehicle partnership at NW Bicester

A2Dominion, lead developers of the UK’s first eco town, has joined forces with Fleetdrive Electric to drive forward its plans to enable sustainable travel choices at NW Bicester. The aim of the new partnership is to accelerate the transition to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles on the first Exemplar phase of NW Bicester. The partners have shaped a range of initiatives designed to engage, encourage and educate future residents about the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles and practical usage. The aim is to get some 10% of residents switching to an ultra-low emission vehicle (pure electric or plug-in hybrid) by 2017. These initiatives include subsidised electric vehicles (EVs) for champions within the community to share their experiences of using EVs, pop-up neighbourhood test drive events and ‘try before you buy’ flexible leasing options that give residents the opportunity to access ultra-low emission vehicles for…

Plug-in Car Grant rises to 35% of RRP from April

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has altered the Plug-in Car Grant to provide additional funding for the most affordable electric models on the market, while hinting at future differentiation between plug-ins based on their range and CO2 emissions. From the 1st April, buyers will be able to claim a 35% discount of the vehicle’s recommended retail price, up to the already existing £5,000 cap. Significantly, this means electric cars priced under £20,000 will be able to take advantage of most or all of the £5,000 discount for the first time. At the moment, the increased incentive applies to the all except one of the Nissan LEAF trim levels when customers lease the battery, and all versions of the Renault ZOE. Funding remains in place until 2017, or until 50,000 grants have been issued, and the updates do not apply to the Plug-in…

Tesla continue to supercharge the UK

Tesla has opened its 20th Supercharger station in the UK, continuing the rapid expansion of the fast-charging network to enable long-distance travel in Tesla’s all-electric vehicles. Tesla Superchargers span routes from Exeter to Edinburgh, allowing access to Europe. The latest Supercharger station puts Tesla on course for full UK coverage by the end of 2015. Supercharger stations are now available at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in Winchester, Exeter and Bristol. Tesla also recently opened stations at Junction 15 of the M1 near Northampton and Brent Cross shopping centre in North London. Model S has a range of 312 miles per charge (according to its NEDC rating), which is more than enough to cover daily commutes and the majority of daily driving scenarios. Tesla Superchargers replenish half a charge in 20 minutes and are placed along well-travelled routes to enable long-distance travel. A limited number of places…