Companies urged to plug in to electric cars

South Yorkshire businesses are being given the chance to test drive a range of Plug-in electric vehicles at two events next month.

The events are part of a Government initiative to lower vehicle pollution by 28 per cent before 2020, by encouraging the uptake and use of electrically charged vehicles.

The Inmotion! scheme, together with project partners npower and Venson Automotive Solutions, is urging South Yorkshire businesses to attend so they can find out how the electric vehicle scheme can benefit their company and try out the latest Plug-in electric vehicles, the Nissan Leaf, Renault Zoe, Renault Twizy and Nissan NV200 van.

Businesses could receive up to £10,500 for the flexible lease of a Plug-in van or £7,500 for a Plug-in car for up to 48 months, plus an additional grant of £500 towards the cost of installing a workplace charging point - and boost their green credentials while reducing running costs to as little as £2 for 80 miles, with no road tax. Inmotion! Electric Vehicle events are being staged at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday October 8, 10am-2pm, and at the AMP Technology Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham on Thursday October 9, 10am-2pm.

Sheffield United’s Community Foundation was the first company to sign up to the scheme. Patrick Piearcey, Community Development Officer, said: “The Foundation has a minimum of three teams out delivering in Sheffield on a daily basis. The electric vehicle will help reduce the Foundation’s carbon footprint and also fuel costs, allowing us to re-invest fuel related savings into community programmes.

“Our ambition is to have a full fleet of electric vehicles.”