Bristol businesses to benefit from free electric vehicle trials
Free trials of electric vehicles (EVs) are being offered to Bristol organisations to encourage them to switch to cleaner ways of travelling.
Ahead of the city’s Clean Air Zone launching later this year, Bristol City Council is offering businesses the chance to trial electric vans and cars for up to two months, to get a better understanding of the benefits and how electric vehicles could work for them. The scheme, which is fully funded by National Highways, will run for two years and aims to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality in Bristol.
Eligible businesses, charities and voluntary organisations based in and around Bristol can borrow one of a range of vehicles, with full insurance included, as part of the scheme. As well as a choice of small, medium and large vans, the fleet includes taxis and electric cars suitable for smaller businesses.
The council is introducing a Clean Air Zone in late summer 2022 that will charge older and more polluting vehicles for entering a central area of the city. EVs, including those provided through the scheme, would be exempt from charges.
Through the scheme, each EV is fitted with a device that provides detailed journey and charging data, helping organisations understand how they’ve used the vehicle. Along with impartial expert support from the council, it will help them to make an informed decision about whether to purchase one (or more) vehicles for their own fleet.
Bristol Veg Box are the first to take one of the scheme vehicles on loan:
Out of Hand, a local design, print and targeted marketing solutions agency in Bristol will also be taking one of the electric vehicles on loan:
Some limited additional funding is available to pay for charge points for the early participants who commit to buying at least one electric vehicle after their loan ends. The council will pay an organisation replacing a diesel vehicle with electric after their loan ends up to £1,000 per charge point, per customer to top up the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) grant which covers up to 75 per cent of the total costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge points.