Company update 2018: All consultancy now conducted through NGC

As of January 2018, Ecolane Limited announces that all future consultancy will be conducted through Next Green Car Limited. After 18 years of successful consultancy, Ecolane is transferring all its activities to its sister company Next Green Car as part of a consolidation of resources.

With well over 2 million electric vehicle now deployed world-wide, Ecolane has completed its mission to convince the public and private sectors that EVs are the power-train of the future.

Since 2000, Ecolane has been groundbreaking on three counts: first in promoting battery and fuel cell electric vehicles as practical and viable alternatives; second in exploring how tax incentives could most effectively promote zero-emission vehicles; and third, communicating to the consumer the availability of and advantages offered by EVs.

Ecolane would like to publicly thank all its previous clients for their custom and support, client which include the Committee on Climate Change, Department for Transport, Heathrow Airport Limited, Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Department of Climate Change.

While the automotive industry is now broadly preparing for an electric future, the pathways to a fully electric and connected EV industry are only just beginning. As director at Next Green Car, I look forward to continuing to work with the industry to ensure zero-emission mobility becomes the dominant technology.

Dr Ben Lane, Director at Ecolane and Next Green Car.

For more info, contact: [email protected] or visit NextGreenCar.com

UK sees sustained growth in EV sales

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The UK electric car market continued to see sustained growth in September with plug-in cars representing 1.8% of all new cars sales. With diesel sales plummeting, car buyers appear to be switching to plug-in vehicles in greater numbers than ever before.

Overall car registrations for September were down 9.3% compared to the same period in 2016, according to figures just released (Thursday 5th October) by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders – SMMT.

Despite this overall decline, largely attributable to diesel’s continued demise, the plug-in car market has continued to grow and accounting for 1.8% market, close to the recent record of 2.2% set in July and August.

The number of cars eligible for the UK Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) increased by more than 24% compared to last year. Registrations of PiCG-eligible models for 2017 to date is still up 20% compared to the first nine months of 2016.

Year-to-date (YTD) registrations show a similar trend with pure EVs increasing by 37% and plug-in hybrid sales increasing by almost 15% to September. The conventional hybrid market also shows strong growth with petrol-electrics increasing sales by almost 47%; although diesel hybrids look to be falling out of favour with a drop in around a third.

The average number of plug-in cars registered during the first three quarters of 2017 is almost 4,000 per month, compared to 2016’s average of just over 3,000. The overall market share also sits at an average of 1.8% (averaged over 2017) and peaking at 2.2% over the summer, compared to 2016’s 1.4%.

In parallel with the continuing growth in demand for EVs, registrations of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars fell in September compared with this time last year; diesel sales fell 21.7% and even petrol cars fell by 1.2%. O