Fleetdrive Electric leading Britain to a cleaner future

A new initiative launched this week will recognise UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs) as part of a new government and automotive industry initiative run by campaign group Go Ultra Low. As part of the announcement, Fleetdrive Electric has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, in recognition of how the organisation has already opened its vehicle fleets to plug-in cars and vans and made a commitment to boosting their uptake over the next five years. Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by our Go Ultra Low companies and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to…

Dozens of motorists drive electric at A2Dominion launch event

Local stakeholders and residents turned up in their dozens to test drive electric cars at A2Dominion’s launch event of its Partnership with Fleetdrive Electric to accelerate the transition to ultra-low emission vehicles at the UK’s first ever eco-town in NW Bicester. A2Dominion has teamed up with Fleetdrive Electric, the UK’s leading ultra-low emission vehicle leasing company, as part of its plans to encourage residents to adopt sustainable transport choices at the exciting NW Bicester eco-town development. Over 80 test drives were taken on the day in vehicles including the Tesla Model S, BMW i8 and i3, Audi e-tron, VW E-Up, E-Golf, Mitsubishi Outlander Phev and Nissan Leaf. Commenting on the event, Strategic Partnership Manager Louise Caves, said: “Together with Fleetdrive, we have shaped a range of initiatives to demonstrate the benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles to future residents and give them the opportunity to…

Slough Borough Council adds 15th Electric Car to fleet

Slough Borough Council’s ‘green’ credentials are motoring ahead as Fleetdrive deliver to them their 15th electric car, a Nissan Leaf. Following a sustainable fleet analysis with Fleetdrive’s award-winning team of experts, a number of practical operational uses were identified where electric vehicles could generate long-term savings for the Local Authority. Slough Borough Council are currently leasing 4 electric vehicles, 2 of which are on a monthly rolling agreement, and staff and Councillors are participating in the electric car trial project, ‘My Electric Avenue’, which has seen them adopt an additional 11 Nissan Leaf cars for the 18 month trial. ‘My Electric Avenue’ is a pioneering project, funded by Ofgem, aiming to find out what impact electric cars will have on the electricity supply when more people start to use them and trialling a new technology to more effectively manage the power supply. Participants in…

Cross-country EV charging network launched

A network of 14 electric vehicle (EV) rapid chargers, forming Milton Keynes CrossLink, has been launched, four weeks ahead of schedule. CrossLink is a Milton Keynes Council initiative and the charging units are sited at strategic locations connecting Cambridge and Bedford in the East with Milton Keynes and Cheltenham, Oxford and Buckingham with Milton Keynes to the South West. The rapid chargers, supplied and operated by Chargemaster, are some of the first ‘tri-standard’ units in the UK, allowing EV drivers to charge their cars in approximately 20 minutes. The ‘tri-standard’ charging points are designed to work with all the latest electric cars including the new BMW i3 and VW e-up!, the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Citroen C Zero, Peugeot Ion, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Tesla Model S, the first UK models of which arrive next month. The network of charging points has been partly…

Sustainable Fleet Solutions Seminar and BMW i3 test drives – 6th March 2014

Fleetdrive are hosting a series of free seminars offering support and advice to fleet managers on a variety of fleet subjects. They are particularly useful to employees who combine fleet responsibility for cars and commercial vehicles with another role in their organisation as well as those who are new to vehicle management. Join us on Thursday 6th March for our SUSTAINABLE FLEET SOLUTIONS SEMINAR in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and BMW. We will be offering impartial, practical advice and guidance for businesses looking to introduce electric vehicles in their fleet, as well as demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits. There will also be an opportunity to take a test drive in the award-winning BMW i3 electric car. DATE: 6th March 2014 TIME: 10am-12pm COST: Free (Pre-registration is required) VENUE: Harleyford Marina, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2DX Companies that run ultra-low carbon vehicles can benefit…

UK faces legal action for not meeting NO2 limits

The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for illegal levels of harmful air pollution and failing to meet nitrogen dioxide limits set out in the 2008 EU Air Quality Directive. Laid out in 2008, the Directive set strict limits for particulate and nitrogen dioxide emissions for all EU member states, with a deadline of 1st January 2010. The deadline could be extended to the 1st January 2015 if the Member State had clear plans in place to reduce emissions over a longer period. In 2013, following a case brought forward by environmental action group ClientEarth, the UK Supreme Court declared that the UK was in breach of its requirements to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions by the set deadline. It also has no plans in place to warrant an extension to 2015. Nitrogen dioxide is produced during high temperature combustion, and is…

Wirelessly charged electric buses set for Milton Keynes

// Electric buses which their developers say can run all day are set to begin service. A fleet of eight new electric vehicles will operate along a busy route in Milton Keynes from late January. The buses can run for longer by virtue of a wireless booster charge they receive at the start and end of the route from plates in the road. The buses are the first of their kind to operate in the UK. Inductive charging The fleet will run on the Number 7 route, which covers 25km (15 miles) between the Milton Keynes suburbs of Wolverton and Bletchley and carries an estimated 800,000 passengers a year. After a night charging at the depot, the buses will receive booster charges throughout the day at the start and end of the route. There, the bus parks over plates buried in the road. The…

Deputy Prime Minister calls on fleets to help UK accelerate ULEV demand

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for innovative ideas from key players in the automotive industry to help the UK stay ahead of global competition and secure its position as global leader in ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).   The call comes following the Government’s announcement of a £500 million investment to drive a low carbon revolution.   The investment, which it announced in June, will be used to support the growing market between 2015 and 2020 and is one of the most substantial packages of support for ULEVs in the world.   It will be used to support electric cars and other vehicles that produce almost no carbon, creating jobs and boosting economic growth, as well as tackling climate change and air quality issues.   Clegg said: “The UK’s automotive industry has undergone a renaissance in recent years and we have the…

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