REA launches group to support EV growth

A new group which aims to support the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK has been launched. The Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) Sector Group has been created by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). It includes members across the transport, energy and technology sectors who are working to deliver a sustainable transition to low-emission vehicles […]

UK awards £7.5m for greener cars

The UK Government has awarded a £7.5 million grant to bring more green cars to the roads in England. Four local authorities in the West of England will share the funding for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), including electric and plug-in hybrids. They will convert up to 25% of their light vehicles to ULEVs, which is […]

Public acceptance ‘biggest challenge for EVs’

The biggest challenge in getting consumers to drive electric vehicles (EVs) is the “lack of normalisation”. That’s according to Peter Laslett, Deputy Head of the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), a team working across government to support the early market for ultra-low emission cars. They include pure battery-electric, hydrogen fuel-cell and plug in-hybrid vehicles. Mr […]

Major carmakers Go Ultra Low for emissions

Three major car manufacturers have joined the UK Government’s campaign aiming to promote the benefits of ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs). Audi, Mitsubishi and Volkswagen have pledged to support the Go Ultra Low initiative.=, joining BMW, Nissan, Renault and Toyota. The manufacturers together offer 15 ULEVs, all of which are available for the government plug-in grant […]

2014 – the year of the ultra-low carbon car?

Green cars were a big hit for car owners in 2014. New statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show the number of registered “green” vehicles increased four-fold last year. Ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV) registered in the UK went from 3,586 in 2013 to 14,498 in 2014. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said: “The […]

UK Government fleet to go electric

More than 150 plug-in vehicles are to be added to government fleets in the UK, it has been announced. The Government seeks to “lead by example” as it launched the £5 million ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) readiness project to make electric cars and other plug-in vehicles commonplace in government fleets. The Government Car Service, which […]

UK offers £9m for domestic EV charge points

A £9 million pot is being made available for plug-in car drivers to recharge their vehicles at home. The scheme will provide up to 75% of the total cost of the charging point as well as installation – up to a maximum of £900. It is available to any ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) owner and […]

Ministerial cars to go electric?

Government ministers could be whizzing around Westminster in electric cars if rumours are to be believed. Members of the Cabinet are keen to set an example for the rest of the public sector, an unnamed Whitehall source told the Evening Standard. The source said: “Why shouldn’t the ministerial car fleet become one of the first […]

EVs and plug-in hybrids increase in popularity

The latest car registration figures from the automotive trade association SMMT show that EVs and plug-in hybrids are increasing in popularity. In the 11 months up to November more than 2.1 million new cars were registered in the UK. Of those around 1.4% were Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) – just shy of 30,500. It represents a […]