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12 UK cities have been shortlisted as part of the government’s ‘Go Ultra Low’ City Scheme.

Details of the scheme were announced last September. A total of 12 cities have successfully reached the third, final application, phase of the funding process. Up to four of the most ambitious, deliverable and measurable plans will win a share of the £35 million investment.


The cities involved are:

– City of York Council

– Department for Regional Development of Northern Ireland

– Dundee City Council

– Greater London Authority

– Leicester City Council

– Milton Keynes Council

– North East Combined Authority

– Nottingham City Council

– Oxford City Council

– Sheffield City Council

– West of England

– West Yorkshire Combined Authority

The scheme rewards cities that show how their plans could be rolled out across the UK, reports OLEV, (Office for Low Emission Vehicles). Applicants should also show how their initiatives complement other schemes in their city, such as wider transport policies like the Low Emission Bus and Taxi Schemes. Those cities that address local air quality issues, particularly in relation to NO2and other particulate matter, will also be considered favourably.

The final 2 – 4 cities achieving a share of the funding will be announced in autumn 2015.

Are you interested in increasing the number of Electric Vehicles on the road in your area?

Find out about the funding schemes available for  developing and utilising sustainable transport – talk to EValu8.

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Sales of plug-in cars have seen a dramatic rise across Europe during the last year – with the UK leading the way.

Norway remains the country with the greatest number of sales with 20,000 new registrations. The UK has seen the greatest growth however, with the sales increasing by 300% compared with this time last year.

Figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show how the UK sales compare with the overall European Union total:

Total Electrically Charged Vehicles = Pure Electric Vehicles + Extended-Range Electric Vehicles + Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Q4          Q4          % Chg                    Q1-Q4   Q1-Q4   % Chg

6,086     676         800.3%                  15,361   3,833     300.8%    UNITED KINGDOM

24,552   26,610   -7.7%                       75,331   55,144   36.6%     EUROPEAN UNION

Pure Electric Vehicles

Q4         Q4         % Chg                      Q1-Q4     Q1-Q4  % Chg

2,448     388       530.9%                    7,416        2,719    172.7%    UNITED KINGDOM

12,755    8,418      51.5%                     38,495   24,586   56.6%     EUROPEAN UNION

Electrically Charged Vehicles other than Pure Electric Vehicles = Extended-Range Electric Vehicles + Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Q4        Q4           % Chg                    Q1-Q4    Q1-Q4      % Chg

3,638     288        1163.2%                 7,945          1,114       613.2%   UNITED KINGDOM

11,797 18,192        -35.2%                 36,836     30,558      20.5%     EUROPEAN UNION

How many sales did the other European Union countries achieve? See the full figures at Electric Vehicle News.

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Details of government support up to 2020 were announced yesterday, reflecting the growth in popularity for plug-in vehicles.

These measures assist the uptake of plug-in vehicles in the UK through funding support for chargepoints at people’s homes, on our streets and the public sector estate.

A wave of chargepoints to support the fast-growing popularity of plug-in vehicles will be installed across the UK after the government set out £32 million of infrastructure support up to 2020.

In addition, another £11 million of funding has been announced to boost the UK’s position as a world leader in low emission vehicle technology innovation. The funding will be provided to 50 organisations, ranging from small businesses to major universities, working together on 15 research and development projects.

·         As part of the UK Government Commitment of over £500million to 2020, £32m is being dedicated to offset the cost of installing infrastructure in order to remove barriers to the ever increasing take up of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. In combination with the £15m announced by the Highways Agency to install rapid chargers across the Strategic Road Network (“SRN”) this support totals £47m.

·         £15m is being made available to continue the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme, supporting EV drivers to charge safely at home. EV buyers will receive a 75% grant up to an initial maximum of £700 towards the installation of a chargepoint, effective from 13th April 2015.

·         £8m will be available to support public infrastructure across the UK. 75% grants will support on street residential, public sector estate, train station car park and rapid and destination charging. Alongside £15m of funding from the Highways Agency, this will deliver rapid charging across the Strategic Road Network and also offer funding to dozens of local authorities, NHS trusts to provide charging points on their property and town and city streets.

·         Bids for these schemes will open in May 2015. These schemes will ensure new technologies can be supported to address the specific challenges of providing on street residential charging. They will also be now open to 7kw and 22kw destination chargepoints, in addition to rapids, to reflect the ULEV driver preferences.

·         The remaining £9m will be utilised in the period to address key strategic issues including maintenance, interoperability and accessibility which will ensure the UK continues to build a world class charging network.

More detailed information is available from OLEV and the Department of Transport by clicking here.

If you would like to discuss any of funding opportunities, please contact the team at EValu8.

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The Innov8 with EValu8 project has helped over 100 businesses across the region. We are delighted to have helped these companies to grow and introduce new products to the market.

The scheme is now closed and the EValu8 team is delighted to have provided the targeted number of vouchers to a wide range of businesses across Herts, Beds, Cambs, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.


“The Innovation Vouchers were intended to support businesses offering ideas, product and services which promoted sustainable transport and reduced CO2 emission levels,” explains Russell Fenner of EValu8.

“We’ve assisted businesses in a wide range of sectors – from engine design to electric bikes and new technology – all aimed at supporting low emission, sustainable transport.”

He adds: “The EValu8 team would like to thank everyone who participated within the scheme and ensured that the funding made a positive contribution to their businesses.”

Although the Innovation Voucher funding has expired, EValu8 is still supporting businesses that either are working in, or aiming for, the sustainable transport sector.

In particular, EValu8 can help with:

- Collaborative bids – partner with us to get your innovations to a wider market and attract funding to support sustainable transport projects

- Testing your ideas –take advantage of our charging network and related infrastructure to test your electric vehicle innovations

- Maximise your marketing impact – make sure your messaging and approach is right for your market place

Talk to the team at EValu8 – let’s make the most of the opportunities available.

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Improved battery technology has boosted expected sales of commercial EVs.

A new report from Navigant Research shows that global sales are expected to reach 160,000 per year by 2023. That’s a huge increase from the 16,000 level achieved in 2014.

Due to advances in battery technology and range, electric hybrid vehicles are becoming a realistic option for commercial applications.

This is especially true when a lot of city driving in stop-start traffic is involved, reports Pure Green Cars.

Governments’ action to reduce emissions from city traffic will encourage take-up in large urban areas. Japan is forecast to achieve 21.2% conversion to electric commercial vehicles by 2023.

David Alexander, senior research analyst with Navigant research commented “Overall, we expect diesel hybrid drive to remain the most popular of the electrically assisted medium- and heavy-duty vehicle powertrains for the whole of the forecast period. Battery-electric commercial vehicles will also see growth in demand within urban fleets that average low daily mileage.”

This forecast is good news for London mayor, Boris Johnson. He is determined that London will become the first Ultra Low Emission zone by 2020.

London has a fleet of 800 hybrid buses with 900 more to be introduced by the end of next year. London’s bus fleet will then be 20% hybrid.

Are you involved with transport planning? With technological advances and many practical options, there’s a lot to consider. Talk to EValu8; we can support you in a variety of ways.

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When it comes to new cars, technology has become as important as manufacturing.

In fact, car-making companies have become increasingly reliant upon technology partnerships.

The reality of driverless cars, automated vehicle charging and connected software is upon us. How will this affect the traditional make up of the car industry?

According to Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, technology companies such as Google have the potential to disrupt rather than dominate the car manufacturing industry. (Google launched its own self-driving car last year.)

In an article by Automotive News, Zetsche said: “Google and the likes want to get involved, I don’t think in the first place to build vehicles. We have to understand that, and then to find our roles, to which extent they are complementary, to which extent we become dependent, to which extent we are competitors.”

This is illustrated by the issue of controlling data collected from cars, including self-driving vehicles. Zetsche explains: “When we talk about high safety with Mercedes, it does not apply specifically for protection from accidents, but this means safety of their personal data as well. To be able to provide that, we have to keep control, and we can’t do that when it is collected by Google.”

As technology plays an increasingly larger role within car manufacturing this dilemma will have to be addressed. It seems that the car industry will have to develop secure collaboration alongside connectivity and capability.

Are you thinking about your transport strategy for the future? Talk to EValu8 about the range of sustainable travel options you could consider.

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The BMWi3 advert ‘Newfangled Idea’ will appear during the first quarter of tonight’s SuperBowl XLIX.

The 60 second clip marks BMW’s return to advertising during the American Football Super Bowl after a four year break.

‘Newfangled Idea’ likens the introduction of Electric Vehicles to when the internet was first used.

“In 1994, people had not yet grasped what the internet was, which is similar to how electric mobility is viewed today,” said Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing, BMW of North America. “Electric mobility is at a tipping point. We are on the verge of something great and we hope that with this spot, we can educate audiences about the BMW i3 and e-mobility in a fun and engaging way.”

Have a look at the advert here:

Plus – enjoy a look ‘behind the scenes’… here’s how the BMW i3’s Super Bowl advert was made:

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We understand the environmental benefits of driving Electric Vehicles. But how successful have advertisers been in conveying the practicalities of green driving?

Switching to Electric Vehicles is often viewed as a lifestyle choice for people with a green agenda.

In reality, EVs now offer a practical alternative to many drivers alongside – rather than because of – environmental benefits.


It’s important that manufacturers covey the everyday issues involved with EVs. Experience has shown us that environmental benefits are important to many people – however it’s the cost and convenience of EVs that determine whether people are prepared to change.

This ‘real world’ approach is demonstrated clearly by the changes to Nissan’s adverts for its market-leading LEAF.

When the LEAF was initially launched in 2010, its ’Innovation For All’ campaign clearly focused on the environment, with a polar bear in the starring role:

Fast-forward to 2014 and the LEAF’s new advert ‘Silent Ride’ demonstrates an Electric Vehicle that is “100% electric, 100% silent, 100% exciting”:

Many drivers don’t realise that Electric Vehicles can offer a practical, realistic driving choice. To reach these people and encourage them to consider driving ‘green’, it’s important that the ‘real world’ advantages of EVs are demonstrated. The change in the focus of Nissan’s adverts shows that manufacturers recognise that promoting Electric Vehicles needs to show how these cars perform and meet the needs of drivers rather than purely concentrating upon an environmental angle.

If you are thinking about switching to an Electric Vehicle and would like to discuss the incentives and options available, talk to the team at EValu8. Switching is easier than you may think!

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£5 million of government funding has been announced for public sector organisations to introduce Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, (ULEVs) into their fleets.

This second phase of funding (the first was announced in August 2014) is open to the wider public sector. Last week, up to 35 organisations were invited to bid. These included the police, fire services and the NHS.

Successful bidders will be offered a fully funded fleet review to identify how to introduce greener vehicles. The funding is intended to help introduce ULEVs into central government fleets.

The first phase will result in around 150 vehicles entering government department fleets from next month. This new, second phase is expected to result in over 200 plug-in and hybrid vehicles introduced to other public sector organisations.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “We want the public sector to lead by example. This £5 million investment will see a significant increase in the number of plug-in vehicles used by public bodies such as local authorities, police forces and the NHS and help both the environment and the economy. I look forward to seeing the results.”

ULEVs are seen as a major growth area within the UK economy, supported by a quadrupling of ULEV sales during 2014.

If you would like to review options for your fleet, or would like to know about the funding incentives available for Electric Vehicles and charging points, talk to the team at EValu8.

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With an unprecedented choice of Electric Vehicles and rocketing sales during 2014, what can we expect from the EV market in 2015?

Nissan remains the market leader thanks to its star performer, the LEAF. During 2014, 14, 658 registrations were recorded in Europe giving Nissan 26% market share.

Having dominated the European market, does Nissan need to start looking over its shoulder? Renault is catching up fast – its ZOE sold 11,227 units in Europe during 2014 with market share rising to 20%. The new battery options available from Renault could help attract those wanting green driving on a budget.

But what about 2015?

The year ahead will see the launch of even more EV models. VW has started the year in style, launching the Golf GTE with a blaze of publicity and the promise that this model will be available at every dealership. (Read the What Car review.)

Next Green Car’s top ten highlights for 2015 low emission launches is:

  1. VW Twin-Up! (plug in hybrid)
  2. Smart Fortwo (petrol)
  3. Skoda Fabia (diesel)
  4. Kia Soul (electric)
  5. Mazda Skyactiv-D (diesel)
  6. Mercedes-Benz B-Class (electric)
  7. VW Passat GTE (hybrid)
  8. Volvo XC90 (hybrid)
  9. Toyota Mirai FCV (hydrogen)
  10. Tesla Model X (electric)

An interesting range! Full details are here.

Many models are expected to be available in time for the new registration plate in March.

There’s little doubt that EVs are becoming more popular, with the government’s £5,000 grant helping to make the affordable choices.

Are you thinking of driving green? Talk to the team at EValu8 – we can help with information and advice.

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