Recommended Reads: April 2019

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Electric vehicle news in April shows a push towards renewable, energy efficient lives. An increase in both adoption and awareness of electric vehicles is great news for the environment and green transportation, and exemplifies how we can do even better this year.

Take a look at our April Recommended Reads, we feature five of the most interesting and important pieces from the world of electric and eco-friendly driving.

ULEZ: New pollution charge begins in London

Credit: BBC

The Ultra Low Emission Zone went into effect this month, meaning drivers of ‘older, more polluting vehicles are being charged to enter the congestion zone area at any time’. With a daily cost of £12.50, it is hoped this change will discourage the use of these vehicles in a city that is facing the consequences of heavy pollution; an issue that countries and capitals around the world are contending with.

You can read about where the ULEZ currently reaches in London and where it plans to extend to in the next few years, as well as how the plan is being received by city-dwellers and commuters alike in this BBC article.

New electric car research reveals surprising change in attitude

Credit: The Express

The accepted assumption that most drivers don’t understand the range or power of electric cars is being called into question, thanks to new research. While some of the same factors hold back drivers from making the switch to fully electric vehicles, it seems consumers are becoming more accepting of hybrids and alternative fuel vehicles as viable modes of transport.

This article looks at what factors are going into drivers decision making when switching to electric cars that need to be expanded on, along with how electric car drivers are finding their new cars.

Plug-in electric car ownership up 76% in 2018

Credit: Fleet News

Plug-in vehicles seemed to skyrocket in popularity last year, at least according to new data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The report also included new data on CO2 emissions and the uptake in hybrids in recent years, all of which has been extracted by Fleet News so you can get a digestible overview.

You’ll also find the top models that are on the road, which might help you when selecting your own plug-in electric car should you be looking to buy an electric car in 2019.

Milk & More to add 160 pure-electric vans to its UK delivery fleet

Credit: Milk & More

A farm food and drink delivery company is not only championing electric vans for it’s fleet, its increasing its use of electric vans. We often focus on electric vehicles for personal use when discussing the uptake in electric vehicles, but how they are used by businesses is very important for any green initiative.

Vans and lorries are some of the key forms of goods transport so making them electric or at least hybrids would have a tremendous impact on the environment. Similarly, other delivery brands have partnered with electric bike and electric scooter brands, which you can read more about in this article.

For the first time ever, electric cars outsold gas and diesel vehicles in Norway

Credit: CNN

Hooray for Norway! Once again leading the charge for progressives, electric vehicles have taken over as the top selling vehicle in the country for the first time ever. We can only hope that this is the first of many countries that will see these changes happening, similar to how we have seen an increase in plug-in vehicles in the UK in 2018.

You can find out how the breakdown of electric vehicles to hybrids and diesel or petrol vehicles balances in this post from CNN, including how Norway stacks up in the vehicle buying market.

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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