Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) – which include electric and plug in hybrid cars – are on the rise. Growth year on year is impressive with more than 35,000 registrations in 2016, compared to under 3,500 back in 2013.
As they become a more established motoring option, it stands to reason that more and more ULEVs can be seen at used car dealerships and not just brand new, fresh off the production line.
Quality information and guidance is crucial at this point in the ULEV life cycle. This is why the Energy Saving Trust is teaming up with NFDA Trusted Dealers for a series of roadshow events, highlighting just what these forecourt newcomers offer.
Recent evidence suggests this is a wise move. A survey of 1,000 drivers (conducted by One Poll in February 2017) found 29 per cent are considering making their next purchase a plug-in, but a similar percentage of those interested (31 per cent) are not sure what to look for.
Cost, available charging facilities and range are the key concerns of potential buyers. Many also aren’t aware of Government incentives to help with the economics of an ULEV purchase, despite the fact that up to £4,500 is available against the cost of a new electric car, and up to £500 off the supply and installation of a home chargepoint.
There are major advantages to owning an ULEV, from long-term cost savings, to a quieter and calmer drive, to improving the UK’s air quality.
The latter advantage, which benefits us all, is why the roadshow with Trusted Dealers in going to be focused on the cities that will have the UK’s first Clean Air Zones by 2020. The event series kicked off in Leeds yesterday on Tuesday 25 April, and goes on to Nottingham, Birmingham, London and Southampton.
Energy Saving Trust experts and dealers will be on hand to bust myths and answer questions, and perhaps best of all, there are opportunities to view and book a test-drive for a selection of vehicles. To try is often to love when it comes to low-carbon driving.
Andrew Benfield, Group Director of Transport at the Energy Saving Trust (pictured), said: “Our work has shown that ULEVs not only save consumers money in the long run, but are better for the environment when it comes to energy use, yet awareness around the benefits of these vehicles is relatively low.
“Our partnership with Trusted Dealers will allow us to speak directly to consumers and debunk common misconceptions about 'green' cars. We want to give drivers the real facts about ULEVs so they can consider one as their next vehicle.”
Neil Addley, Managing Director of NFDA Trusted Dealers, said: “Electric vehicles are a valuable alternative for many drivers but research shows consumers still don’t feel well-informed when making choices about whether to buy an electric car.
“Our roadshow will be a great opportunity for people to come along and find out more about electric vehicles and the benefits of driving one and will hopefully encourage people to consider one in the future.”
Trust is important with any technology making its mark in the mainstream, so the meeting of independent advice with a site that lists cars from only the top dealerships makes sense – offering double the peace of mind for the 'green' car-curious.
With hundreds of 'green' cars currently listed on the Trusted Dealers website, and the inevitability of many more to come, bringing the facts about low-emissions motoring direct to potential buyers could not be much better timed.