Corby Council is among the first to receive Go Ultra Low status in recognition of its green credentials.
A new initiative launched by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles recognises UK businesses and public sector organisations that are embracing electric vehicles (EVs).
Campaign group Go Ultra Low is running the initiative, with Corby Council among the first to receive Go Ultra Low company status in recognition of its use of plug-in cars and vans and making a commitment to boost the uptake as part of its action on climate change commitment five-year plan.
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by Corby Borough Council and offer their employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle.
“Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy.
“Thanks to the variety of models available and their cost-saving potential, this is a realistic and rewarding option for businesses large and small.”
Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “It’s great to see a growing number of British fleets going green and I would encourage other businesses to learn from these Go Ultra Low companies and benefit from the huge fuel and tax savings offered by electric vehicles.
“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”
January to June sales of plug-in cars reached a record high in the UK, with 19,252 new EVs registered in the first six months of 2016, which is an increase of 32 per cent.
More than two thirds of electric vehicles bought today go to corporate and public sector organisations.
Corby Council’s lead member for climate change and environment Mark Pengelly said: “We have recently increased our fleet this year with an additional three electric vans to make a total of 10 electric vehicles.
“I’m proud to say this is complemented by a new solar array and a new rapid charger based at our depot, where staff can deliver quality services in the town knowing they are using clean green power with no emissions and ensuring the council makes a saving year on year.”
UK organisations can apply to become a Go Ultra Low company via the Go Ultra Low website at www.goultralow.com/fleet.