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Nissan has just been announced as the new sponsor of English Premier League champions Manchester City.

The leading EV manufacturer is using this opportunity to raise awareness globally as the Premier League’s popularity spans several continents.

No financial details have ben released but one agreement has been publicised: Nissan’s Electric Vehicle – the top selling Leaf – will be introduced to the team as an in-kind exchange.

This latest move comes just three months after Nissan signed a four-year sponsorship of the European Champions League.

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan President and CEO said: “This innovative partnership enhances Nissan’s investment in the game of soccer which is a key platform to further strengthen our brand globally. Additionally, the value in kind deal will see Nissan introduce the world’s best-selling electric vehicle to the world’s fastest growing football team, an example of how the collaboration will pair innovation with innovation to bring the excitement of Nissan and soccer to customers around the world.”

It remains to be seen how many Manchester City footballers will take up the offer of driving a Nissan Leaf. Are you tempted? Talk to EValu8 about the range of grants and incentives available to help you switch to an Electric Vehicle.

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UK Government is set to lead by example as all of its car fleets are provided with funding to introduce plug-in cars and vans, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer announced today (17 July 2014).

The £5 million ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) readiness project is just the first step in plans to make electric cars and other plug-in vehicles commonplace in government fleets.

 

It will allow every central government fleet to review its arrangements and consider how greener vehicles can be used. Over 150 plug-in vehicles will be added to government fleets in the first wave of the scheme.

It is also expected to allow fleets to introduce over 150 plug-in vehicles.

The Government Car Service, which provides cars for ministers, will lead the way, with its review already underway and plans to order the first electric cars in the autumn.

Baroness Kramer was joined at the launch of the scheme by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and Minister of State for Cabinet Office Oliver Letwin.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, said “I am delighted the Government Car Service is leading the move to electric vehicles and I will be one of the first in line to use one. This is the right thing to do, with much lower running costs and close to zero emissions, these vehicles will save the taxpayer money and be much greener. We are also investing significantly in ultra-low emission vehicles which will help ensure they play an important role in the UK economy as well as the environment.”

Baroness Kramer said: “Government must lead by example. Today’s investment will see government switching a significant number of plug-in cars and vans into our fleets and leading the electric charge. The scheme will be expanded in the autumn to allow the wider public sector including councils, police forces and the NHS, to introduce more plug-in vehicles. This is expected to add approximately a further 135 plug-in vehicles to these fleets.”

In both phases, charging points will also be installed to provide infrastructure support for the new cars and vans.

Cars and vans will be recommended on a like-for-like basis and the reviews will consider the whole life cost of the vehicles to ensure that each replacement makes economic sense.

ULEVs will be a major area of future growth for the hugely successful UK automotive sector, worth over £11 billion to the economy.

The £5 million scheme for getting ULEVs into government fleets is in addition to the support for the Go Ultra Low campaign being delivered in partnership with vehicle manufacturers and £500 million announced by the Deputy Prime Minister in April 2014 which includes:

  • at least £200 million to continue the Plug In Car Grant, cutting up to £5000 off the price of a new ULEV car
  • £100 million for research and development
  • £35 million cities scheme
  • £20 million to encourage ULEV taxis
  • £30 million to boost the low emission bus market
  • £32 million for more chargepoints

Information published by www.gov.uk on 17th July 2014.

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Harley-Davidson has unveiled its first electric motorcycle, known as Project LiveWire.

The prototype is being shown throughout America, Canada and Europe, known as the Project Livewire Tour.  The tour will take two years to complete after which the model will be reviewed and changed.

“America at its best has always been about reinvention,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company to TSPORT100. “And, like America, Harley-Davidson has reinvented itself many times in our history, with customers leading us every step of the way. Project LiveWire is another exciting, customer-led moment in our history.”

“Project LiveWire is more like the first electric guitar – not an electric car,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “It’s an expression of individuality and iconic style that just happens to be electric. Project LiveWire is a bold statement for us as a company and a brand.”

See the video from Harley Davidson below:

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The UK government has announced further funding for the home charging points.  The new £9 million plug-in car grant scheme will cover up to 75% of the cost of installing a domestic charging point.

This is a revision to the existing scheme with finished on 30th June. The new scheme will be effective from 1st September 2014 with its new maximum payment per grant of £900. (The previous highest payment was £1,000.)

 

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles is liaising with suppliers so that the interim period between the two schemes runs smoothly, and that the new scheme will be introduced efficiently.

The new scheme recognises the need for financial incentives to encourage plug-in vehicle take-up with safe, dedicated charging provision.

Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer said: “Uptake of plug-in vehicles is gathering pace and we want to make sure that people thinking about becoming part of this technological revolution have the confidence that they will always have somewhere to charge their car.” (NextGreenCar)

To find out more about this incentive and the home charging options available, talk to the team at EValu8.

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