ecodrive was formed in 2005 to
educate and inform about the benefits of Electric Vehicles, inspired by our
founder's very positive experience of using an electric
'50cc type' moto-scooter 12 years ago, which he still owns! Since then we have run a fleet of cars and vans with countless customers in the UK.
EVs are often a viable alternative for many private
motorists and commercial operations and, since we pay some
of the highest road fuel prices in the world, an EV costs
about one-fifth of the cost to run! They are easy to drive, simple to charge and require very little maintenance.
Our unique expertise has lead to us advising and training
international vehicle manufacturers on
the specification of vehicles, how customers will perceive
them and how to make them work best in practice.
Over the years we have contributed to UK government
projects including Parliamentary Groups, strategic
infrastructure decisions and project managing charging
infrastructure roll-out. We continue to contribute to
industry bodies such as the Society of Motor Manufacturers
and Traders' (SMMT) Electric Vehicle group, alongside the
multi-national manufacturers, to shape the future of the EV
market in the UK and beyond.
We continue to work with the likes of Renault, Peugeot,
Citroen and Land Rover to lend valuable insight into this
relatively new area for many companies and individuals.
We are neither 'pro-car' nor 'anti-car!' We are being realistic that we will continue to use cars, so where possible these should have as low an impact as possible. Road transport is a major contributor to "greenhouse" gas emissions and Climate Change, local air pollution and noise pollution, as well as competing for space with pedestrians and cyclists in our towns and cities.
Car usage is ever increasing with over 26 million cars on Britain's roads - a lot of vehicles on such a small island. We need to travel less, plan journeys by car sharing etc., embrace new technologies, e.g. internet teleconferencing where practical, cycle and walk short journeys when we can ("the school run" etc.) and use public transport (rail and coaches) for longer distances.
We need to preserve (or restore) local shops and services. This also needs good local planning policy to ensure that people can access goods and services without having to use a car.
These are big challenges that Electric Vehicles will complement towards a sustainable future. Whilst we might be a bit 'EVangelical' about EVs, we're not suggesting that every vehicle on the planet will be an EV... but many could be!