First eco-fleet companies named
11 May 2016
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
A group of 11 companies have been awarded 'Go Ultra Low company' status for their commitment to using clean vehicles in their fleets within the next four years.
To obtain the classification, electric vehicles must make up at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020.
A spokesman for Go Ultra Low told BusinessCar that businesses named as Go Ultra Companies will receive help with marketing to show their eco credentials.
Go Ultra Low - a Government-backed consortium of eco manufacturers and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - said this scheme "sets the new green standard for business motoring".
The first 11 organisations to receive Go Ultra Low Company status are AMT Vehicle Rental, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Environment Agency, Fleetdrive Electric, eConnect Cars, Gnewt Cargo, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, London Fire Brigade, Manchester Metropolitan University, Microsoft UK and University of Birmingham.
According to Go Ultra Low, registrations of electric vehicles increased by 36% between January and April, with more than two-thirds of electric vehicles bought today going to corporate and public-sector organisations.
"It's fantastic to see organisations from across the public and private sectors leading the way in the uptake of electric vehicles. We want to encourage every business in the UK to adopt these vehicles into their fleets and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle," said Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low.
"Not only are electric vehicles cleaner, but they can save businesses and employees money. Businesses large and small are going electric and choosing from the wide range of vehicles available today - from 4x4s and vans to hatchbacks and saloon cars," she added.