We’ve changed our name to DriveElectric

In the world of mobility things are always evolving and, with more than 20 years’ experience in the business, we’re no different. To be the best partner for helping you and your business to move with the times and make your transition to EV mobility, we are transforming our brand and moving to DriveElectric – one brand for all of our services, offline, online, on the phone, face to face. Our name has changed, but rest assured that meeting your fleet requirements with the best-value solutions remains our priority. We understand that the transition to zero emissions for some businesses will take longer than others: it could be 5 weeks, or it could be 5 or more years. Where electric vehicles are not currently a viable option for your business needs, we will continue to provide complete motoring solutions for ALL petrol, diesel and…

Have your say about London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone

With the recent announcement of the introduction of the ULEZ in the central London congestion charging zone beginning 8 April 2019, approximately 17 months earlier than the original start date of 7 September 2020, the Mayor has opened a further consultation on the proposals to improve air quality. The Mayor is also proposing to expand the ULEZ across Greater London for larger vehicles in 2020, and up to the North and South Circular roads for cars and vans in 2021. Other proposals are for the required ULEZ emission standard for diesel vehicles to include particulate matter (PM) to align with national standards. Find further details and comment on these proposals on the Transport for London website. The ULEZ would replace the £10 T-Charge, which is due to start in October this year. The ULEZ daily fee to drive in the zone will apply 24…

Fleetdrive Electric to showcase zero-emission technology at edie LIVE 2017

Fleetdrive Electric are proud sponsors of the Low Carbon Vehicle Transport zone at this year’s edie Live sustainability event. The huge diversity of industries and processes represented at the event fits well with Fleetdrive Electric’s industry-leading expertise and pioneering approach to helping the UK transition to zero-emission transport. Fleetdrive Electric have been helping businesses to seamlessly integrate Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles within their fleet since 2011 and have delivered more than 1,000 ULEVs. These vehicles are now generating savings across fuel, Congestion Charge and taxation for clients whilst significantly reducing their carbon footprint, proving that sustainability is good for business. Electric vehicles are the future, and now is the time to adopt a greener fleet strategy and start your organisation’s transition towards zero-emission transport. Visit stand M14 to take a look at the Nissan e-NV200 electric van, learn about the future of smart-charging technology and…

Workplace EV Charging Grants now available

Details have been released on the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) £7.5 million workplace electric vehicle charging scheme which will provide £300 per installation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging socket. Operating as a voucher scheme, the aim is to provide enough funding for 25,000 new installations at workplaces across the UK. Applications are accepted from all UK businesses, charities and public sector organisations provided they have dedicated off-street parking for staff or fleet use only. The installations (of up to 20 charge points) must be completed within 4 months of the application date and the charge points must be maintained for a minimum of three years thereafter. More details on the scheme can be found at the OLEV website. If you have employees who already own an electric car and will be looking to use the workplace charger for a free charge,…

Autumn statement supports Electric Vehicle Uptake

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced plans to axe some salary sacrifice perks from next April in his Autumn Statement, but electric vehicles are among the exceptions. He backed recent HMRC proposals for a crackdown on more frivolous uses of the loophole, such as smartphone and gym contracts, buying cars and TVs and taking out private medical insurance. But work-related benefits deemed more worthy, like pension saving and advice, childcare, bicycles and low-emission cars, will still be allowed. A shaky future for Hybrids? Company car tax from April 2020 will incentivise ultra-low emission vehicles based on their electric range, with fully-electric models getting their own Benefit in Kind band. Announced during today’s Autumn Statement, it reintroduces a BiK band for 0g/km vehicles which had been removed last April, and adds a sliding scale for plug-in hybrid and range-extended electric models which emit 50g/km or less. Replacing…

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…

The Future of Salary Sacrifice Schemes

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are consulting on the future of Salary Sacrifice arrangements and Cash for Car schemes are also to be considered. The UK tax authority had already come under fire for including cars obtained through Salary Sacrifice schemes in the consultation on potential tax changes. However, it now appears that thousands more company car drivers could see their tax arrangements overhauled as HMRC casts its net much wider than first thought. An HMRC spokesman has told Fleet News: “We are not looking just at traditional salary sacrifice, we are looking at when an employee can get a cash sum. “The most common is a car allowance where they can either get a car or a cash sum, which they can use on their own personal car or anything else. In this case, there will still be a direct convertibility to cash, and so…

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