The Transport Minister Andrew Jones is hailing the “significant investment” British companies are making in electric vehicle fleets.
At the Future of Business Mobility summit in London he praised company bosses for adopting ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and urged them to remain “ambitious and bold” in embracing plug-in vehicle technology, and spearheading the development of this growing sector of the UK car market.
Analysis by the Government-backed Go Ultra Low campaign suggests 20,992 ULEVs were registered between January and September this year, a growth of 138.5 per cent against 2014. Nearly two-thirds of these were registered to UK businesses, highlighting the important role that companies play in new car purchasing. During the first nine months of 2015, ULEV market share grew to just over 1 per centof the market. The Government anticipates that 5 per cent of new car registrations (around 100,000 units) will be ultra-low emission by 2020.
Andrew Jones said: “UK businesses have a crucial role to play in driving the growth of the UK’s electric vehicle market; two thirds of ultra low emission cars registered in the UK this year were bought for fleet and business use. We want to make electric vehicles the natural choice for all motorists, and the faith placed in this technology by UK businesses is helping to change attitudes and boost demand. Company bosses recognise that electric vehicles are good for business and good for Britain, and we want the general public to follow their example.”
Head of Go Ultra Low Poppy Welch stressed the ongoing savings from the vehicles, “It is important that businesses look beyond the initial list price of the vehicle,” she said, “electric cars benefit from government grants and tax breaks and are significantly cheaper to run and maintain, all of which helps to reduce the total cost of ownership. In addition, they provide notable environmental benefits.”