Glasgow will become Scotland’s first low emission zone this year, further driving the demand for zero and ultra-low emission vehicles. GreenFleet and Glasgow City Council will be staging a showcase of the latest green vehicles on 5 October to help local fleet and transport managers prepare for the changes
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement in September 2017 highlighted the Scottish Government’s ambition to phase out all petrol and diesel vehicles in Scotland by 2032.
She also announced that Glasgow will become Scotland’s first low emission zone in 2018, further driving the demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV).
Glasgow is key to Scotland’s air quality improvement success and Glasgow City Council (GCC), the Scottish Government and its partners are committed to unlocking the region’s full economic potential and make it the low-carbon ‘growth engine’ for the area.
In 2015, there were 262,600 vehicles registered in Glasgow. As well as being the main commuter destination in Central Scotland, Glasgow hosts a number of major transport links, for example the M8 motorway, encompassing the Kingston Bridge, which accommodates approximately 150,000 vehicles a day, the M73 and M74.
Glasgow aims to become a primary destination and an important location for drivers to charge. Therefore it is essential that the city provides an effective, equitable and exemplary charge point network, leads by example in decarbonising its own fleet and helps facilitate the decarbonisation of commercial operations (for example taxi fleets).
GCC will shortly have over 100 charge points operating throughout the city, in both car parks and on-street locations. In the past 12 months, these units have facilitated nearly 32,000 charging sessions. The electricity consumed would have allowed 875,000 emission-free miles to be driven. This is an increase of 20 per cent against the previous year.
The lastest ULEVs and EVs
GreenFleet is coming to the Tall Ship in Glasgow on 5 October to allow delegates to test drive the latest zero and ultra-low emission vehicles from leading manufacturers, such as BMW, MINI, Kia and van makers LDV.
Keynote presentations, chaired by motoring journalist John Curtis, will give the latest information on air quality plans from Glasgow City Council, as well as a national picture from the Scottish Government.
Round table break-out sessions will follow to give attendees the opportunity to speak to vehicle manufacturers, solution providers and network with other fleet professionals and EV owners.
Electric vehicle charging questions will be answered by eVolt, Franklin Energy and Webasto.
The road tests will allow delegates to experience the latest electric and ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) first-hand, by driving on a specified local route, accompanied by experts from the manufacturers so that all questions are answered there and then.
BMW and MINI will be bringing a selection of their electric and plug-in hybrid range, while Arnold Clark will be bringing some of Kia’s green line-up.
This event is free and comes with a complimentary breakfast, all day refreshments and a buffet lunch.
To register, visit www.glasgow.greenfleet.net