Ton up for Go Ultra Low Company scheme

The number of Go Ultra Low Companies has reached the century mark, as the number of the UK’s leading organisations and companies that have committed to ultra low emission (ULEV) fleets reaches 100.

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One of the main criteria of GUL Company status is a declaration that at least 5% of an organisation’s fleet must be made up of electric vehicles by 2020.

New companies to sign up include OVO Energy, Santander, and Gatwick Airport, whilst organisations are also able to get involved in a project that is proving popular in the public and higher education sectors.

Swansea University and Oxford City Council have both been granted GUL Company status, all joining the likes of the London Fire Brigade, Britvic, Microsoft, Cambridge University, POD Point, and Chargemaster.

A number of those organisations listed have committed to making more than 5% of their fleet electric by 2020, with Santander wanting EVs to make up 10% of its fleet by that date – it currently runs 57 electric vehicles out of a 1,400-strong fleet. Oxford City Council has said that 7% of its fleet will be electric by the end of the decade.

Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:

“The UK is the third best country in the world at tackling climate change and we’re investing in innovative clean technologies to support the move to a low-carbon economy through our ambitious Industrial Strategy.

“This Government backs companies that make the switch to low emission vehicles through grants and incentives – it’s good for business, good for the air we all breathe and good for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas we produce.”

Read more: Next Green Car

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