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Transport Minister urges fleets to remain “ambitious and bold” in ULEV take-up

Speaking at the Future of Business Mobility summit in London yesterday (22 October), Transport Minister Andrew Jones urged fleets to remain “ambitious and bold” in embracing plug-in vehicle technology.

The event was hosted by the Go Ultra Low campaign, which highlighted that 20,992 ULEVs were registered between January and September this year, up 138.5% against 2014. Of these registrations, nearly two-thirds (64%) were made to UK businesses, showing 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% of the market and the Government anticipates that 5% of new car registrations (around 100,000 units) will be ultra-low emission by 2020, with 100% expected to be ULEVs by 2040.  

Speaking at the summit, 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.”

The event also saw a business guide to plug-in vehicles published by the Go Ultra Low campaign, which is available to download from www.GoUltraLow.com

Head of Go Ultra Low Poppy Welch said: “It is important that businesses look beyond the initial list price of the vehicle. 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.” 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.