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69% of company car drivers say they would choose an electric car if offered

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More than two thirds (69%) of company car drivers said they would drive an electric vehicle (EV) if they were offered one by their employer.

The research, commissioned by Go Ultra Low, was revealed yesterday (November 7) at the Go Ultra Low ‘Future of the Car’ Summit, in London.

Currently only 25% of business offer electric company cars to employees but the survey found that in companies where EVs were offered, 86% of respondents said they would consider an EV next time around.

In the first 10 months of 2016, more than 30,000 electric cars were registered across the country – with approximately 70% going to UK businesses. Government data shows that 940,000 company cars are currently registered to businesses in the UK.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “Businesses have a role to play in boosting the numbers of electric vehicles on our roads, and this survey shows that employees want to drive them. Gradually making fleets zero-emission would improve air quality, as well as helping companies reduce their costs.”

Speaking at the Go Ultra Low ‘Future of the Car’ Summit, Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “Fleets and businesses represent the lion’s share of the UK’s new car buyers, so have the potential to shape the market and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entirely ‘ultra-low emission’.”

Earlier this year, Go Ultra Low established the ‘Go Ultra Low Companies’ initiative, to recognise and reward public and private sector organisations that already offer EVs to employees as company cars. Since the initiative launched in May, more than 75 organisations have achieved ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, with Transport for London, University of Cambridge, Britvic and London Fire Brigade among those to have signed up.

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  • Derek webb - 08/11/2016 11:44

    Must have taken place in London!

  • Nigel Boyle - 08/11/2016 12:26

    I am suprised it is not 100%. The BIK advantage is a government giveaway that can not last. However suitability for fleet is probably around 5%.

  • Paul Carberry - 09/11/2016 09:00

    The comment from Transport Minister John Hayes needs passing to Philip Hammond before his first Autumn Statement... Any notion that the Government have in hiking BIK rates will give businesses operating company car schemes the motivation to go green and employees likewise then they are mistaken. Low emission vehicles need to be matched with low BIK, this will boost new EV cars sales and will filter through to the second hand car market thereafter, this then supports the push for better air quality in the future for all.

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