OVO Energy, Oxford City Council, Santander UK, Swansea University and Gatwick Airport are among the latest organisations to become ‘Go Ultra Low Companies’ – signing-up to a clean, green motoring future by embracing electric vehicles.
These companies join more than 100 other organisations across the country that have already signed up to the initiative, such as Britvic, London Fire Brigade and Microsoft UK. Each has pledged that EVs will make up at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020. Many companies have ambitions to exceed this target: Santander UK, for example, currently operates 57 electric vehicles and wants them to represent 10% of its 1,400-strong fleet by 2020, while Oxford City Council says that 7% of its total fleet will be 100% electric by the end of the decade.
Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:
“The UK is the third best country in the world at tackling climate change and we’re investing in innovative clean technologies to support the move to a low-carbon economy through our ambitious Industrial Strategy.
This Government backs companies that make the switch to low emission vehicles through grants and incentives – it’s good for business, good for the air we all breathe and good for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas we produce.”
According to the survey of UK company car drivers commissioned by Go Ultra Low in November 2016, almost 700,000 UK motorists would join the electric vehicle revolution, if they were given the opportunity by their employers.
The survey found that only 25% of businesses offered electric company cars to employees. Of those motorists who were not able to go electric, 69% said they would be ‘likely’ to choose an EV as their next company car, if they were made available.
The new members of the Go Ultra Low Companies initiative highlight the diverse mix of organisations embracing EV technology.
Any public or private sector organisation that already uses EVs, or offers them to employees as company cars, is eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, providing there’s a commitment for EVs to make up at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020, and can apply via the Go Ultra Low website (www.goultralow.com/fleet).