Green motoring status awarded to UWE for electric vehicle commitment

Issue date: 15 August 2016

A commitment to using electric vehicles has earned the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) national recognition.

The university is one of 65 UK organisations to have been awarded 'Go Ultra Low Company' status - a new green standard for business motoring - since the initiative launched in May.

UWE Bristol was the first organisation in the South West to achieve the status through the scheme, which has been endorsed by government and the automotive industry.

The university has 13 electric and hybrid vehicles, representing almost 30 per cent of its fleet. It plans to increase the share to more than 50 per cent by 2020 by replacing older vehicles with ultra-low emission alternatives.

Transport Minister John Hayes said: “It is fantastic that so many companies are leading by example and adding electric vehicles to their fleets, and we want more to follow suit. These companies will benefit from the fuel and tax savings electric vehicles offer, as well as helping to protect the environment.”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The response to the Go Ultra Low Companies scheme has been excellent, from both the private and public sectors. This eclectic mix of Go Ultra Low Companies is setting an example for the rest of the UK. With more and more electric vehicles now available, we encourage every organisation and fleet to consider switching to electric.”

Public and private sector organisations that already use electric vehicles, or offer them to employees as company cars, are eligible for Go Ultra Low Company status, providing there's a commitment for electric vehicles to make up at least five per cent of their vehicle fleet by 2020.

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