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 which he has owned since 1999! 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 businesses and, since we pay some
of the highest road fuel prices in the world, an EV costs
about 20% of the cost to run! They are easy to drive, simple to charge and require very little maintenance.
Since the new generation of EV were launched in late 2010 with the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV, 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 as a member of 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 Nissan 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.