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Electric Vehicle roadshow visits Nottingham businesses

An Electric Vehicle Roadshow will be touring Nottingham businesses in June and July to demonstrate the latest EVs and answer questions about making the transition to Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs).


A range of the latest electric vehicles will be on show, with test drives available at three locations, and there will be ‘ask the expert’ sessions to give businesses the opportunity to find out more about the benefits of making the move to electric vehicles.


Ian Bates, Sector Forum and Representation Manager at the Chamber, said: “Businesses can save significant amounts of money by making the switch to ultra-low emission vehicles – as well as helping to improve local air quality. Nottingham has its own expert team in the form of the ULEV Experience that can offer free advice as well as electric vehicle loans and fleet reviews.”


Chris Large, Senior Partner at Global Action Plan, the charity behind Clean Air Day, said: “Air pollution affects you from your first breath to your last and every year is causing up to 36,000 deaths in the UK.


“Electric vehicles are part of the solution to this public health crisis and will help us clean up our toxic air. Our Clean Van Commitment initiative, which came out of the Clean Air Day campaign, has shown genuine demand for EVs from businesses, and the sooner we ditch diesel for zero emissions vehicles, the better.”


The ULEV Experience is funded by Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service. It is a programme dedicated to helping businesses understand, try and implement Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles. It offers businesses and the public sector:
  • Fully-funded fleet reviews – providing an independent assessment of the potential to integrate ultra-low emission cars and vans within a company fleet
  • Low-emission vehicle loans – enabling companies to undertake a month-long trial of electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Business engagement and events – enabling companies to network with peers and gain additional understanding of the benefits of running ULEVs.


The ULEV Experience project can help organisations save money on running company vehicles and lower company CO2 emissions, as well as improving air quality (NOx) emissions in Nottingham.


Many local companies are already making the switch to ULEVs and are beginning to enjoy the financial benefits. To date the ULEV Experience programme has identified that 452 ULEVs could potentially be adopted within Nottingham businesses, saving a combined total of £171,344 per year in running costs and 896 tonnes of CO2 emissions.


An ultra-low emission vehicle is a car or van that emits 75g/km CO2 or less and includes pure electric vehicles, range-extended electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The latest electric vehicles include models with driving ranges of up to 300 miles or more.


Nottingham’s ULEV Experience has launched a Guide to Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) which provides answers to common questions asked by businesses looking to make the change to electric cars and vans.


The Guide provides details about the range of different ULEV technologies, vehicle charging options, available grant funding and tax benefits. It can be downloaded free from the home page at www.ulevexperience.co.uk.


Further business support is also available in the form of a Workplace Travel Service grant of up to £25,000 to support sustainable transport initiatives including workplace charging infrastructure.


Nottingham’s ULEV Experience project will be holding Roadshows at the following locations:
• NG2 Business Park, hosted by Geldards and East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, on Clean Air Day, Thursday 20 June
• Nottingham Business Park, Wednesday 26 June
• University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Tuesday 2 July
• The Creative Quarter, Sneinton Market, Wednesday 10 July.

To book on to the NG2 event on 20 June go to http://bit.ly/ULEV0620Businesses or public sector organisations wanting to attend other events should book via the ULEV Experience events page.


To find out more about the ULEV Experience and how to secure your free vehicle trial or fully-funded fleet review please visit: www.ulevexperience.co.ukTo keep up to date about the project, including forthcoming events, follow @WTSNottingham on Twitter.