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65 businesses given eco company status

Date: 11 August 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Green motoring consortium Go Ultra Low has revealed that 65 businesses have already signed up to its 'Go Ultra Low Company' fleet scheme in the first three months of it being active.

Go Ultra Low is a consortium made up of the Government, eco vehicle makers and the SMMT, and the group's primary aim is to promote the use of ultra-low emission vehicles.

The eco scheme recognises firms that are using electric vehicles and are pledging to buy more. Organisations that already use EVs, or offer them to employees as company cars, are eligible to receive 'Go Ultra Low Company' status, providing they ensure EVs make up at least 5% of their fleet by 2020.

A spokesman for Go Ultra Low told BusinessCar that its scheme is akin to an accreditation scheme, and members will be invited to fleet summits and can be used as case studies in forthcoming guides.

"It is fantastic that so many companies are leading by example and adding electric vehicles to their fleets, and we want more to follow suit. These companies will benefit from the fuel and tax savings electric vehicles offer, as well as helping to protect the environment," said transport minister, John Hayes. "The Government is determined to make zero-emission vehicles the best choice for everyone, which is why we have pledged £600 million to support uptake of greener vehicles and work towards making nearly every new car and van in the UK zero emission by 2050."

"The response to the Go Ultra Low Companies scheme has been excellent, from both the private and public sectors - ranging from small businesses to an 800-year-old university," said Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low. "This eclectic mix of Go Ultra Low Companies is setting an example for the rest of the UK. With more and more electric vehicles now available, we encourage every organisation and fleet to consider switching to electric."