Share your views on EV charging with the Government

As part of the Government’s commitment to making transport greener and improving air quality, the Department for Transport is consulting on a series of measures that will make chargepoints for electric vehicles more accessible, making it easier for drivers to recharge as demand for plug-in vehicles increases. The measures are due to be included in the Modern Transport Bill. The measures being proposed would give government powers to support the roll-out of charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access to the network by: making information about the location of public charging stations more accessible to the public, potentially via an online database and through mobile phone apps ensuring drivers can access chargepoints without the need for multiple memberships from individual providers giving powers to set common standards for all public chargepoints to ensure electric car owners can recharge anywhere, anytime making consumer…

£35 million boost to help the UK Go Ultra Low

A major £35 million package to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission cars and scooters has been unveiled by Transport Minister John Hayes. The fresh funding commitment will see thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK – after the number of new ultra low emission vehicles registered rose by 250% in just 2 years. The announcement is part of the government’s plans to improve air quality, and it comes as Defra launch a new consultation on introducing clean air zones in Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020 – delivering on the government’s commitment to create cleaner air and reduce emissions. Transport Minister John Hayes said: “No matter what mode of transport you need – a scooter to get to work, a car or a van to run your business – we are here to help…

Supporting East Green Energy EV Experience Day

Fleetdrive Electric will be exhibiting at the Electric Vehicle Experience Day at Bentwaters Parks. Organised by East Green Energy, the day aims to let visitors see the increasing range of EVs available and provide a safe environment where they can try them for themselves to assess performance, range and practicality. As a renewable energy company, EVs fit nicely into East Green Energy’s business model and experts will be on hand to talk about both the cars and ways of generating your own power to charge them. The event will be split into two sessions. To find out more or register for the event, visit the East Green Energy website.The aim of the day is to allow you to see the increasing range of EVs available and to experience driving them and assess their performance for yourself. The day will held on the 8th June…

New brand makes it easy for new car buyers to Drive Electric

DriveElectric has launched with a desire to help people identify electric cars not only as an environmentally friendly transport solution, but as a practical and affordable option when choosing a new car. With the UK’s public charging-point network growing everyday, advances in battery technology making electric cars more affordable (and with greater mileage range) than ever before, anyone looking to buy a new car now has the realistic option to consider an electric version and move away from traditional fuel engines. Having undertaken market research, which included a survey with more than 180 respondents and a focus group of existing and potential electric vehicle users, Fleetdrive Management Ltd, the parent company, have worked to develop a consumer brand which reflects the market needs and provides specialist support to nurture this growing sector. DriveElectric will focus exclusively on making it simple for new car buyers…

Budget 2016: What does it mean for fleets?

Chancellor George Osborne delivered his eighth Budget that saw big news on the sugar tax, lifetime ISA, capital gains tax as well as changes to the personal tax allowance, but only a few measures that will impact on fleets. Here are the main points:- Company Car Tax: The main news for fleets was that company car tax will continue to be based on CO2 emissions until at least 2021 despite fears that the Government would change tactic. In addition, tighter capital allowance thresholds to promote ultra-low emission vehicles have been set out. Effective from April 2018, the main rate (18%) threshold is reduced from 130g/km to 110g/km. From the same date, the 100% first-year allowance threshold will also be tightened to vehicles emitting 50g/km or less, down from 75g/km, and this has been extended to 2021. Said to reflect the falling emissions of new…

Teens ‘expect their first car to be electric’

More than eight in 10 (81%) 14 year olds believe the first car they buy will be electric, a survey has found. Researchers polled 800 teenagers aged 14-17 and found that the popularity of greener-fuelled cars increased as the interviewees became younger. 56% of the young people polled associated electric cars with lower CO2 emissions, 48% with cleaner air, and 34% believed that electric cars were ‘the types of cars that everyone will be driving one day’. Some 88% of the young people surveyed felt that more motorists – regardless of their age – should be driving an electric car. Encouragingly, the youngsters were also aware of the other benefits of electric motoring, and over half pointed out the cheap running costs as a reason to buy one. Keeping up with contemporary technology was also among the top reasons given to buy one. The…

Air pollution warning as 18 areas in UK exceed safe nitrogen dioxide levels

The GMB is calling for action on nitrogen dioxide levels as a new study finds that roadside workers including street cleaners and parking enforcement staff are being exposed to unsafe levels of the pollutant. The study measured 2015 NO2 levels in the air at 110 monitoring stations across the UK, some by the roadside, others at background locations or in rural areas. The European Union sets NO2 levels at 40ug/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre) on average over a year. However, a total of 18 stations were found to be this level, including in areas such as Camden, Oxford centre and Glasgow. John McClean, GMB national health, safety and environment officer, said: “These figures on nitrogen dioxide confirm the urgent need for better air quality monitoring in urban and built up areas. Clean air should be a right, not a privilege. “Road transport is a…

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…

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