A two-year initiative to help Nottingham-based organisations understand, trial and implement ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) resulted in 60 organisations receiving £600,000 to install new infrastructure to support electric vehicles and active travel.
Nottingham's ULEV Experience programme delivered £600,000 of workplace travel grants, supporting 60 businesses, public and voluntary sector organisations to install charging points and active travel facilities.
The programme ran from April 2018 to March 2020 and offered businesses and the public sector within Nottingham advice and access to fully funded fleet reviews and low emission vehicle loans.
Supported by Nottingham City Council’s Go Ultra Low City funding, the initiative was delivered through the Workplace Travel Service and a consortium led by Cenex, with partners from DriveElectric, Energy Saving Trust, RideWise, CleanTech Business and Automotive Comms.
Other highlights included:
• 34 fleet reviews were delivered; 4,385 vehicles were reviewed with 673 replacement ULEVs identified, representing a potential annual saving of 1,008 tonnes of carbon emissions and total cost of ownership savings of £269,491 from the replacement vehicles.
• 75 low emission vehicle loans were delivered across 41 organisations. Those companies engaged with the ULEV Experience subsequently ordered 29 electric vehicles from DriveElectric, with a large number of companies stating that they would be looking to order electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles at their next replacement cycle.
Councillor Sally Longford, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council and portfolio holder energy, environment and democratic services said: "Working in partnership, the ULEV Experience, which is funded by Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Travel Service, has been very successful in supporting businesses to understand, trial and implement ULEVs.
"By encouraging and supporting local businesses and organisations to make the switch to ULEVs and more sustainable transport, it is hoped that it will help reduce carbon and nitrogen dioxide impacts which transport can significantly contribute to. This can not only improve air quality but will also support Nottingham City Council’s ambition to become carbon neutral by 2028."
The ‘What We’ve Learnt’ document summarises what the ULEV Experience achieved, and some of the lessons learnt. It’s hoped other cities around the UK will benefit from this knowledge and implement their own solutions to address air quality challenges.
Download the ‘What We’ve Learnt’ report at www.ulevexperience.co.uk and sign up for Nottingham City Council’s ‘Creating A Low Emission City Conference’ later in the year.