The latest EV news saw Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, push back the initial ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2030 to 2035. However, the Government’s recent postponement is expected to have minimal real-world implications for fleet strategies, as fleets remain committed to accelerating their transition to electric vehicles (EVs). The Government is still pushing to reach the goal of being net zero by 2050, but what else will this mean for the EV industry?
Benefit-in-Kind for Businesses
In relation to cars, the Benefit in Kind tax is incredibly beneficial to companies looking to electrify their fleet. As a result, fleets will persist in rapidly transitioning their car fleets to electric, and the government’s recent decision is expected to have minimal impact on this decision.
Currently Benefit in Kind is capped at 2% on all electric cars until 2025. Meaning that employers and employees can make substantial savings on Tax and National Insurance if they are driving an EV. All electric vehicles have significantly lower carbon emissions than typical internal combustion engine vehicles (ICE cars), resulting in a huge reduction in tax for an employee and employer. If you’re thinking about switching your work fleet then check out how EVision Electric Vehicles can help you.
Vehicle Manufacturers Already Looking to Make the Switch
Despite the delay of the ban, there are already multiple manufacturers looking to make the switch to a fully electric vehicle line up including:
One of the most unlikely manufacturers to announce the switch is Bentley. By 2030, there will be no more ICE cars. Instead, they are working on not one electric car, but a variety of vehicles for the market. Their very first EV will also be available from 2025. Stay tuned and keep your eyes out for any upcoming news on this, we are incredibly excited!
Ford is no stranger to the EV market. Having already produced the Ford Mustang Mach-e, and dipping their toes in the van sector with the Ford e-Transit, we are excited to see what else they will be releasing. Along with the Ford F-150 Lightning that can be hired from us in the UK, there’s no stopping them! After a hefty sum of investment will be injected into the company in 2025 to electrify their fleet and work on being carbon neutral by 2050, Ford is clearly doing everything they can to push towards this target.
Nissan announcement In Relation to the New Ban Date
Along with the above popular manufacturers, Nissan have now also announced their early commitment to the change.
Starting from the end of this decade, Nissan has committed to exclusively offering fully electric models in both the UK and across Europe, citing it as the ethically responsible choice. This decision holds firm despite the UK government’s decision to delay the fossil fuel ban until 2035 to synchronise with the European Union’s timeline.
Makoto Uchida, President and CEO of Nissan, explained that, “More than a million customers have already embarked on our journey and enjoyed the pleasures of driving a Nissan electric vehicle, and there is no turning back”.
So what electric vehicles are currently on the market from Nissan?
First introduced in the United Kingdom in 2011, the Leaf has been a trailblazer in the EV market. It offers a fully electric driving experience, producing zero emissions and providing an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuel powered cars. The Leaf has evolved over the years, with different generations featuring improved battery technology and enhanced range. The latest models boast impressive specs, including a range of up to 239 miles (WLTP) on a single charge, making it a practical choice for daily commuting and urban driving.
With advanced features such as Nissan’s e-Pedal for one-pedal driving, the Nissan Leaf continues to be a symbol of sustainable and accessible electric transportation, contributing to a greener future.
This all-electric crossover SUV offers a blend of impressive performance and advanced technology. The Ariya comes in multiple configurations, with options for either front-wheel drive or e-4ORCE all-wheel drive, catering to a range of driving preferences. It is equipped with a choice of battery packs, delivering varying levels of range, with the top-end versions capable of covering over 300 miles on a single charge. The Ariya boasts an elegant and aerodynamic design, featuring a spacious and tech-forward interior with a dual-screen infotainment system.
With its sleek styling and impressive specs, the Nissan Ariya stands as a compelling choice for those looking to embrace the future of electric driving.
Save money on the ULEZ charge
Despite the sales ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles being delayed, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expansion still went ahead as planned last month.
In August 2023, the ULEZ in various cities underwent significant expansion and changes to combat air pollution and promote cleaner urban environments.
Boroughs surrounding London, and towns in Kent extended its ULEZ boundaries, encompassing a wider area of the city to further reduce emissions from vehicles. This expansion marked a crucial step in the city’s commitment to improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions, encouraging residents and commuters to adopt greener transportation options.
Hire an electric vehicle today!
EVision’s extensive fleet offers a wide range of electric cars, vans and trucks, ensuring that there’s a vehicle to suit every need and preference. By opting for an EV rental, you not only contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but also enjoy the financial benefits of lower fuel costs and tax incentives. With EVision, you gain access to well-maintained, state-of-the-art electric vehicles equipped with advanced technology, making your journey efficient and enjoyable.
Whether you’re looking for a short-term rental or a longer-term commitment, renting an electric vehicle from EVision is a forward-thinking choice that aligns with your eco-conscious values and provides a superior driving experience.
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