June 19 2018
Fleet News June 2018
UK customers show increasing interest in EVs
According to a recent Britain Under the Bonnet report, which has been conducted by Close Brothers, the number of UK motorists considering buying an electric vehicle has more than doubled since the same time last year. Last year’s results saw 15% of motorists claiming to be interested in investing in an EV, compared to 30% following the most recent report. The report also found that a further 40% of drivers would definitely be interested in buying an electric vehicle in the future.
While 55% of the people questioned admitted that they think they will be cheaper to run; and 29% admitted that they think EVs offer a better driving opportunity; there are 28% of motorists that are yet to be convinced on the positives of driving an electric vehicle. The reasons for this are mainly down to range anxiety, and the cost of electric vehicles.
Emissions costing £6 billion per year, putting the strain on society and the NHS
It’s costing the NHS and society over £6 billion per year to try and conquer the health effects of car and van emissions. The figures, which were found in a study conducted by the University of Oxford and the University of Bath shows the true cost to our health, finding that the health damage effects associated with diesel vehicle emissions are 20 times greater than that of EVs and five times greater than that of petrol engines.
An estimated 40,000 early deaths can be attributed to exposure to nitrogen oxide and other emissions.
Michelin announces its tyres to be fully recyclable by 2048
One of the world’s biggest car manufacturers, Michelin, has this month announced that it will be making all its tyres fully recyclable by 2048. The environmental commitment by the company also includes a promise to manufacture all its tyres with 80% sustainable materials within the next 30 years – that’s up by 28% when compared to today’s figures.
Head of Total announces that the internal combustion engine is here to stay
Patrick Pouyanne, chief executive officer of Total, has announced that the company’s strategy is to become an energy supplier rather than an oil company, and that the internal combustion engine is here to stay. In a recent statement from the group, Pouyanne announced that it will be investing heavily in clean energy sources and that it is installing electric vehicle charging points across its filling station network. However, he also commented that only 20-30% of the world’s vehicles will be electric by 2040.
UK cities in support of ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030
Calls from leaders in cities across England and Wales have called for a complete ban on the sale of pure electric and diesel engines by 2030. The leaders, who represent around 20 million people, are calling for the UK government to bring forward the date of the ban, which was originally proposed for 2040.
Recent research has shown that by phasing out the sale of pure petrol and diesel engines by 2030, would reduce air pollution by 30%.
All figures provided are those of the manufacturer and are not those of Go Green Leasing.
Posted on 19th June 2018 at 11:37AM