Study asks if UK councils are amped up for EVs
By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 13:00
80% of EV’s are in Scotland
433 individual councils were surveyed
A new study conducted by intelligentcarleasing.com comparing every single local authority in the UK for their use of electric vehicles asking how many purely electric cars they own, lease or manage.
Electric vehicles are surging in popularity year on year with 2014 seeing a massive 166.6% increase in pure EV registrations. With national statistics showing an increase in the uptake of EVs, Intelligent Car Leasing was curious to see what adoption levels in the public sector are like.
After a lot of sorting and comparing the results have finally been published; giving an electrifying account of which councils are hooked up and which aren’t.
Interestingly, when looking at the top 5 councils for electric vehicle use, 80% are located in Scotland which could tie in with the Scottish government’s green initiative to have 100% of electricity demand met via renewable sources by 2020.
Out of all councils who have responded to date (95% of those surveyed) over 1 in 3 has at least one electric vehicle within their fleet.
The 10 councils with the highest number of EVs are as follows:
|Council||EV Fleet #|
|1. Dundee City Council||38|
|2. South Lanarkshire Council||24|
|3. City of Glasgow Council||22|
|4. London Borough of Islington||19|
|5. Fife Council||17|
|6. Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council||16|
|7. Newcastle upon Tyne City Council||16|
|8. Oxford City Council||14|
|9. North Lanarkshire Council||14|
|10. Lewes District Council||12|
Pete McAllister who conducted the study commented: “With 1 in 3 local councils adopting electric vehicles on some level it paints an encouraging picture. I think as electricity production in the UK becomes more fuelled by renewables the number of councils adopting electric powered transport will vastly increase.”