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University fleets storm ahead in all-electric race

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 13:30
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GREEN: Universities leading EV uptake

University fleets across the UK are leading the way in electric vehicle uptake, new research has revealed.

A study by Intelligent Car Leasing has found, in 2013, only 0.11% of new vehicles registered were all-electric, compared to 7.73% of all university-owned vehicles.

The figures mean the average electric vehicle ownership among university fleets is 7,073% above the national registered average.

Out of the 114 institutions which responded to a freedom of information request, 58.77% owned at least one electric vehicle.

Buckinghamshire New University’s fleet leads the way, with 66% of their fleet all-electric, followed by Edge Hill University (50%) and University of East London (46%).

The most popular EV models among universities are the Aixam Mega Van, Renault Kangoo, Goupil G3, Nissan Leaf and E-Z GO Buggy.

Out of those who don’t currently own any electric vehicles, many noted their plans to invest in such technology in the near future.

A spokesperson for Intelligent Car Leasing said: “These results are great news for the academic sector showing that university asset and fleet managers are forward thinking and willing to invest in new green technology at an early stage of its popularity.”

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