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PHOTO CAPTION: British Gas-operated Nissan eNV200 all-electric van.

It's Time Businesses Wise Up to Benefits of Electric Vehicles

That's the view of Andreas Atkins, head of Electric Vehicle Services, British Gas in the UK, which itself has been trialling Nissan electric vans in Britain.

Published: 05-Mar-2014

In 2013, sales of fully electric vehicles (EVs) doubled to more than 2,500, along with huge rises in sales of diesel and petrol hybrid cars. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts further growth this year, fuelled by a large public awareness push from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

New EV releases
The sharp pickup in sales this year has been fuelled by a number of factors. Government subsidies – including a recent commitment to a further £500 million investment in the sector between 2015 and 2020 – have played an important role, but so has been the explosion of models on the market. This year, we have seen major electric car and van releases from Audi, BMW, Ford, Nissan, VW and Renault, and this has been crucial to normalising electric vehicles, and ensuring more choice for businesses and consumers.

Range anxiety
Two major developments have been critical to overcoming the consumer range anxiety which crippled early sales. On one side, there are now a plethora of plug-in hybrid models on the market. With these cars able to seamlessly switch to running on petrol or diesel as soon as their charge runs out, there is no risk of having your journey hampered by being unable to reach the next charging point.

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