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UK city launches ULEV Experience

ULEV Experience was launched to increase uptake of EVs in Nottingham

A new initiative has been launched in the UK city of Nottingham with the aim of increasing the uptake of electric vehicles, as well as improving air quality in the city.

The Workplace Travel Service: ULEV Experience programme held its first event – a ‘Ride and Drive’ Electric Vehicle showcase – on June 22, 2018 at Nottingham Racecourse, which was attended by a range of Nottingham businesses and public sector organisations.

The event provided an update on the latest Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) available, the business case for transitioning to ULEVs, the funding support available from the central government and through Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service, and Nottingham’s investment in charging infrastructure.

There was also the opportunity to test drive a range of the latest electric cars and commercial vehicles so operators could experience the technology first-hand.

The ULEV Experience is a programme dedicated to supporting businesses to understand, trial and implement ULEVs, and is funded by Nottingham City Council’s Go Ultra Low City project.

The ULEV Experience programme offers businesses and the public sector. These include fully-funded fleet reviews, which will be delivered by Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust, worth up to £11,000, helping a business to understand if low emission vehicle technology is right for them.

Low emission vehicle loans will also be delivered by DriveElectric with over 20 different makes and models available to try for up to one month, and business engagement and events will be delivered by CleanTech Business and The Big Wheel to help an organisation learn more about ULEVs and identify if there are any benefits for the business.

ULEV Experience programme manager Luke Redfern commented: “This is an interesting and challenging time for all organisations, especially as the importance of improving air quality from transport operations is increasing, along with the forthcoming implementation of Clean Air Zones, so businesses really need to be prepared, which includes gaining an understanding of low emission vehicle technology.

“We’re really excited to be launching this business support programme here in Nottingham, helping all organisations to understand the true potential of ULEVs, including how they can save money through lower running costs, trying out ULEVs before purchasing them, and sharing best practice from others who have already been through this journey. This fully funded-programme can only help accelerate the uptake of low emission vehicles here in Nottingham.”

The ULEV Experience is open to all businesses and public sector organisations that have a presence, or operate, in the city of Nottingham.

The project is delivered by a consortium led by Cenex, with partners from Automotive Comms, CleanTech Business, DriveElectric, Energy Saving Trust and The Big Wheel.

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