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UK Universities Leading the Way for Britain’s Electric Vehicle Future

Thursday, 19 June 2014 12:06

New Research by reveals that UK Universities are storming ahead of the UK average for electric vehicle ownership.

From all UK new vehicle registrations in 2013 only 0.11% composed of purely electric vehicles. However a freedom of information survey sent out to 116 universities across the UK shows that 7.73% of all university owned vehicles are purely electric powered.

This makes the average electric vehicle ownership amongst universities an impressive 7073% above the national average!

Out of the 114 institutions which responded 58.77% owned at least 1 electric vehicle which is a very high adoption rate. Out of those who don’t currently own any electric vehicles many noted their plans to invest in such technology in the near future. Therefore if this study was to be repeated in a year or two the results would potentially be much higher.

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.

The top 10 universities in terms of electric vehicles as a % of their fleet from the information collected can be seen below (Access a full list via download from this source

1.Bucks New University                                       66%

2.Edge Hill University                                            50%

3.The University of East London                        45.50%

4.The University of Bedfordshire                       33%

5.Royal Holloway, University of London           33%

6.The University of Sunderland                          27.78%

7.The University of Kent                                       26%

8.The University of Dundee                                 25%

9.The University of Greenwich                           25%

10.Leeds Trinity University                                    25%

Pete McAllister who conducted the research said “With a fast growing green energy sector in the UK electric vehicles are fast becoming an all-round low carbon driving option. It’s brilliant to see such a high adoption rate amongst the UK’s universities and hopefully this is a good indicator of the broader motoring picture in years to come.”

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