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UK universities lead the way on EV take-up

In 2013, just 2,512 pure EVs were registered, making up 0.11% of the total 2,264,737 cars registered in 2013. However, a freedom of information survey sent out to 116 universities across the UK shows that 7.73% of all university owned vehicles are purely electric powered.

This makes the average electric vehicle ownership amongst university fleets 7073% above the national registered average.

Out of the 114 institutions that responded, 58.77% owned at least one electric vehicle whilst many that don't currently own any electric vehicles noted their plans to invest in such technology in the near future.

The top 10 universities in terms of electric vehicles as a % of their fleet are (full list here):

1. Bucks New University: 66% 2. Edge Hill University: 50% 3. The University of East London: 45.50% 4. The University of Bedfordshire: 33% 5. Royal Holloway, University of London: 33%  


The 5 most popular EV models amongst universities are as follows:

  1. Aixam Mega Van
  2. Renault Kangoo
  3. Goupil G3
  4. Nissan Leaf
  5. E-Z GO Buggy

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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