Government extends Plug-in Car Grant until at least February 2016

The Government has announced that the current Plug-in Car Grant will continue until at least February 2016 with a longer-term plan to be announced after the November spending review. The move is intended to boost electric vehicle take-up and will see motorists and business fleets continue to be offered up to £5,000 off the price of an electric car for all categories of vehicle. Previously the Government had announced that grant levels would be reviewed once 50,000 vehicles had been sold, with this milestone expected to be reached in November this year. Further details about how the plug-in car grant will be structured beyond February are expected following the Government Spending Review in November. Transport Minister, Andrew Jones MP said: “I’m pleased to announce today that the Government is maintaining the current levels of grant, even as we move past the milestone of 50,000…

Nissan e-NV200 Rapid-Charging Electric Vans now available to lease

Fleetdrive Electric are pleased to announce that the new Nissan e-NV200 Acenta Rapid rapid-charging electric van is now available to order from £299+vat a month for a 48 month (3+47 payments) leasing option. Based on the NV200 – voted International Van of the Year 2010 – and using a similar drivetrain to the LEAF, the e-NV200 is offered in both panel van and five-seat combi form with two trim levels and is said to deliver exceptional running cost savings over a conventional diesel van. Both models qualify for the Government grant – up to £8,000 Plug In Van Grant (PiVG) for the panel van, and up to £5,000 Plug In Car Grant (PiCG) for the five-seater combi. According to Nissan, the e-NV200 offers class-leading running costs of 2p per mile along with reduced maintenance costs based on servicing, parts and wear and tear. In…

Nissan e-NV200 arrives this Summer…

Nissan has revealed pricing for its new e-NV200 which will be available as a small van or compact MPV when it arrives in showrooms in July. The e-NV200 will have two distinct trim levels, and offers potential running cost savings over a conventional diesel van, increasing its appeal for businesses. Nissan claims e-NV200 drivers can expect to benefit from up to £2,500 of fuel savings with the vehicle costing 2p per mile, and suggests maintenance costs will be reduced by £575 based on servicing, parts and wear and tear. The 100% electric e-NV200 models qualify for a Government grant – up to £8,000 Plug In Van Grant (PiVG) for the panel van, and up to £5,000 Plug In Car Grant (PiCG) for the five-seater combi. With the Government incentive, the e-NV200 van, in entry level Acenta trim, will retail at £16,562.20 while the similarly…

OLEV says Electric Vehicle tide is turning

The head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has hit back at electric vehicle (EV) sceptics with suggestions that public opinion on the technology is shifting. The Department for Transport has reported that as of March 31, 8,724 claims had been made through the Plug-in Car Grant scheme. Almost a quarter of those claims (2,025) were made in the first three months of this year, despite the scheme running since 2010. Richard Bruce, head of OLEV, said: “The tide is turning. We gave out 600% more in subsidies for new cars in January 2014 than we did in January 2013.” At the start of the current parliament, OLEV received £400 million to support the move to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). But the policy came in for criticism after ministers admitted that only half the available subsidies for plug-in vehicles were likely to…

Nissan e-NV200 available to lease from June 2014

Built in Barcelona, the zero emissions van features an array of technology aimed at the van segment. The compact segment van uses powertrain from the Nissan Leaf, built into the NV200 compact van. The e-NV200’s high performance pure electric drivetrain, based on that used in the acclaimed Nissan LEAF, is allied to the class-leading cargo volume of the NV200 to create a practical and versatile vehicle capable of carrying people or goods while producing neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution. When sales start in June, the e-NV200 will be available as a van or as a five-seat people carrier in Combi or more luxurious Evalia guises. Although mainly targeted at businesses, e-NV200 will also appeal to private users with large families. The e-NV200’s homologated NEDC range (170kms) is greater than the average 100km daily driving distance of over half the fleets who utilise this class…

EST video showcases benefits of EVs for fleets

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has produced a new video to highlight to fleets the benefits of adopting electric vehicles.   Available here, the video follows on from the success of the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI) run by the EST and also covers the latest Plugged-in Fleets Initiative 100 scheme.   The original Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI), which was funded by Transport for London (TfL) and the Department for Transport (DfT), was run last year to demonstrate how public and private sector organisations in the UK could significantly reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions by integrating pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles into their fleets.   A total of 61% of the organisations that the EST worked with last year on PIFI have stated they have or intend to acquire plug-in vehicles, with the majority of organisations realising the benefits if they’re prepared to upgrade their…

VW Unveil New Electric Van

Volkswagen has presented a commercial vehicle version of its e-up! electric vehicle at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, saying that it could be added to its LCV line-up.   Dubbed “e-load up!”, the four-door vehicle is an electrically powered city delivery van that offers small outer dimensions but with a variety of internal configurations to suit urban use, including pizza deliveries and couriers.   VW says the idea behind the model is that a very small van that carries correspondingly small loads is able to operate more efficiently than a larger vehicle if, when larger volumes need transporting, the operator can rely on a fleet of sister vehicles.   The 3.54m-long vehicle features a seat for the driver, a fold-up passenger seat and over 1m3 of space in the back.   Compared to the passenger model, the cargo capacity of the load up! has…

Gov't Continue Support for Electric Vehicle Adoption

Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced the strategy for rolling out £500m of funding between 2015 and 2020 to continue to support the development and adoption of ultra-low emission vehicles in the UK.   Dubbed “Driving the Future Today”, the roadmap sets out five pillars to use the funding to help support ULEV take-up, including with fleets, and grow the UK economy. These cover:   Supporting the early market for ULEVs: Through plug in grants or other consumer incentives By raising awareness of the benefits with a government and manufacturer-run campaign By encouraging higher uptake in the public sector   Shaping the necessary infrastructure: By providing investment for the installation of chargepoints in homes, railway stations and public sector car parks and rapid charge points for longer journeys Exploring options for a new network of hydrogen refuelling stations to support introduction of fuel cell…

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