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Study asks if UK councils are amped up for EVs

By Kyle Linsay
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 13:00

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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.”

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