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Number of Go Ultra Low Companies exceedes 100

Date: 17 August 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

More than 100 businesses have been awarded 'Go Ultra Low Company' status in recognition of their plans to embrace green vehicles.

The latest public and private sector organisations to sign up to the scheme are Ovo Energy, Oxford City Council, Santander UK, Swansea University and Gatwick Airport.

Other recent businesses to be awarded the status are ALD Automotive, JCT600 VLS and Days Fleet.

Previous companies to sign up to the programme include Britvic, London Fire Brigade and Microsoft UK.

To be awarded the Go Ultra Low Company status, businesses have to pledge that ultra-low emission vehicles will make up at least 5% of their vehicle fleet by 2020, with many companies aiming to exceed this target. Santander, for example, currently operates 57 EVs and wants them to account for 10% of its 1,400-strong fleet by 2020, while Oxford City Council said it wants 7% of its fleet to be electric by the end of the decade.

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, while Go Ultra Low said the scheme "sets the new green standard for business motoring".

"The UK Government wants every new car and van in Britain to be ultra-low emission by 2040, and the corporate sector has a huge role to play in achieving this goal," said Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low. "Forward-thinking organisations are well on the road to emission-free and low-cost motoring, taking significant numbers of EVs onto their fleets, [and] learning where they are fit for purpose."

Tom Pakenham, head of electric vehicles at Ovo Energy, said: "We're delighted to become a Go Ultra Low Company, as we are passionate about keeping emissions low and reducing pollution levels. With the popularity of electric vehicles growing, we have recently launched an EV energy bundle for customers for at-home and on-the-go charging, enabling zero-carbon driving. We want to lead by example and by offering low emission opportunities for our customers and fleet, together we can embrace a greener future."