Category: Electric News

Electric Vehicles Look Set to Finally Make a Surge in the United Kingdom

Last year was predicted to be year of the electric vehicle (EV), subsidies were offered and councils throughout the United Kingdom were told to plan for an electric future. It is no secret that purchase figures from private individuals have been desperately disappointing and fleet mangers representing commercial enterprises have been slow to come on board. Despite it not living up to expectations the Government’s long promised revolution in the way we drive could finally be here.
This week 62 more charging points have gone live […]

New Breed of Vehicles Offered on Free Trial by London Borough

A London council are giving commercial enterprises the chance to test drive electric vehicles (EV) free as part of an initiative to persuade businesses in the borough to turn to carbon free motoring.
The council have teamed up with the manufacturers of four electric vehicles produced by Tata, Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi and are inviting companies and organisations in Camden to test drive the carbon free vehicles for a full fortnight. The vehicles are all covered with commercial vehicle insurance and all the businesses have to […]

Manufacturers are delighted with the Coalition’s grant extension for electric vehicles

Nissan and Renault have both welcomed the news that the Coalition Government has decided to extend the electric vehicle grant scheme to vans. The decision will allow companies to get thousands of pounds off the purchase price of a low emission vehicle and should boost sales markedly.
The Government’s decision makes the commercial vehicle scheme even more generous than the car scheme as van drivers will get 20% discount up to a maximum of £8,000 as opposed to cars £5,000. Renault has only just launched its […]

Renault is ready for the future with announcement of new EV dealerships

Renault has now launched the Kangoo Van ZE, it is the first of its four strong Electric Vehicle (EVs) impressive line up and it will be on show in all the first wave of United Kingdom Renault dealerships that specialise in EVs. Twenty-one electric vehicle sites have all been branded as ZE Expert and are now ready to offer the full range of sales and after-sales services for Renault’s electric vehicle the Kangoo Van ZE.
Each of the twenty-one sites will have fully trained staff that […]

Council take first steps to a greener future

Local councils in Perth and Kinross have made a pledge to copy their counterparts in Canada and Germany by switching to greener technology and move away from diesel and petrol vehicles.
Trials have already started with the dog control team who are using two new vans, one powered by electric, the other using a hybrid engine and both covered by vehicle insurance cover. The change to green fuel may pose some problems in the coming months for the local authority because efforts in the Highlands to […]

Help is still needed to make the switch to electric

Electric vehicle charging point provider Elektromotive are asking the Coalition Government to keep their £5,000 incentive in place in order to help support the sales of electric vehicles (EVs).
Nissan’s LEAF has helped with the profile of the new cars but the anticipated take up of commercial vehicle insurance on EVs has not materialised. Persuading companies to invest both their time and money in new technology has always been a challenge and it is important to provide them with an incentive to make the change. Elektromotive […]

Council all set to save cash and the environment

After buying a fleet of eight brand new hybrid transit vans from innovative vehicle producer, Ashwoods Automotive, North Ayrshire Council now have the largest hybrid van fleet throughout Scotland.
The vans will be covered by commercial vehicle insurance and will be replacing the previous fleet of diesel powered vehicles. Although they are standard Ford Transits which come with all the normal features, they have also been fitted with an innovative hybrid drive system. Like any other business, Councils are aware of both environmental issues and […]

New charging points will encourage spread of electric cars

The incentive for van drivers to take out commercial vehicle insurance on an electric vehicle became even more inviting yesterday for those living in and around London as Mayor Boris Johnson announced yet another scheme to encourage the Capitals population to embrace the ecological revolution.
For an annual fee of £100, electric vehicle drivers can park up and charge their vehicles at any one of 150 points in the city. The scheme is called Source London and is expected to be a big hit with owners […]

Firms will need structured approach to Electric Vehicles

Fleets need to take a structured approach to managing the first electric vehicles being used as company cars and vans, according to Fleet software market leader CFC Solutions.
In the future when firms start using electric cars and vans, they are worried that the businesses will treat the first electric vehicles as environmentally friendly novelties, when what they really should be doing is learning about how they operate, the limitations, and of course, the financial benefits as quickly as possible. A lot of money will have […]