UK Government and makers launch EV information website

4/2/14 - The Deputy Prime Minister's Office, Department for Transport, Department of Energy & Climate Change and Office for Low Emission Vehicles - together with car manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall have launched a web site Go Ultra Low to promote the advantages of switching to electric or hybrid cars.

The site principally promotes Low Carbon vehicles in terms of lowered costs of motoring, emphasising the fact that electric car owners do not have to pay car tax or congestion charges and many charge points are free to use.

Zap Map EV charge point mapping service

Upon visiting thew website, location services prompts the visitor to reveal their location, and if that option is accepted, then be presented with information on the location of their nearest charge points.

The mapping service of charge points is operated by ZapMap, that was launched by Next Green Car in 2011.

At the time of writing this service lists 5275 charge points points in the UK.


Government releases list of second to invest in electric vehicles in its own fleets

On the launch last Thursday Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced an allocation of "more than £9 million to boost charge points across the country to help drivers to go green".

The list of grant awards under the second round of awards includes 21 Local Authority Rapid charger funding schemes totalling £5.45 million, 18 public sector estates and the train operators Northern Rail and First Great Western.

A map detailing new rapid charger installations was also published alongaide the announcement.

The £9.3 million allocation will come from the £37 million for electric vehicle infrastructure announced in July 2013.

The government has also committed to invest £5 million to introduce electric vehicles across government and wider public sector fleets this year.

The Go Ultra Low campaign is backed by 5 household names from industry: BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall.