Introducing ultra-low emission vehicles

Energy Saving Trust has developed this electric vehicle (EV) information portal on behalf of Haringey Council to inform you of the benefits of electric vehicles and provide useful information to help you make the switch.

Following the introduction of London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019 and its expansion as far as the North and South circular roads in October 2021, it is even more important to ensure the vehicles we use are as clean as possible.

Whilst the requirements for the ULEZ are for a vehicle to meet current Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol emissions standards, the requirements for the ULEZ are likely to become tighter in the coming years. The aim here is to maximise the ability to meet future developments and emissions regulations within the London ULEZ.

In each of the four sections of this EV information portal, we provide a brief overview of the subject matter and a dedicated factsheet that you can download with more detail along with a short video clip covering some of the key parts of each of the topics that we cover.

Glossary of terms:

  • ULEV: Ultra-low emission vehicle
  • EV: Electric vehicle
  • ULEZ: Ultra-Low Emission Zone
  • CO2: Carbon dioxide
  • ICE: Internal combustion engine

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Section 1: Introduction to ultra-low emission vehicles

An ultra-low emission vehicle, or ULEV, is defined as a vehicle that emits less than 75g/km CO2 at the tailpipe - ULEVs do not need to be electric. The definition is technology-neutral which means it covers all fully electric vehicles and some, but not all, hybrids.

The transport sector and private cars in particular, are the largest single contributor of CO2 emissions. At the same time, airborne pollutants such as NO2 and particular matter is a significant cause of health problems and deaths in populations living in areas of high pollution levels.

In London, the introduction and planned expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone is in part a direct response to this and, at a local level, we have put in place our own air quality action plan.

The London ULEZ currently covers key central areas of London and the City of London but is due to be expanded in October 2021 with boundaries being the North and South circular roads, bringing Haringey within the ULEZ requirements. At present, vehicles must meet basic requirements of Euro 4 emission standards for petrol and Euro 6 standards for diesel. However as technology advances and environmental standards change, the minimum requirements to access the ULEZ are likely to change.

The focus of this resource is to help businesses and individuals in Haringey prepare for the expansion of the ULEZ and pave the way for increased uptake of ULEVs to maximise the air quality improvements in the borough and ensure that vehicles in use are as future-proof as possible.

The following video will provide an overview of the main different types of EVs available.

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Section 2: Charging electric vehicles

In this section we focus on refuelling or charging electric vehicles. Nearly a third of people in the UK have no access to off-street parking, and this number is significantly higher for people living in urban areas. Here, we will look at the different options broadly available and also more specifically for residents of Haringey:

  • Business applications - including interoperability of charging networks and fuel card equivalents
  • Charging costs
  • Charging on a public network
  • Charging at work
  • Charging at home

Whether you are considering an EV for business or personal use, the charging requirements are the same. As a business user, you may need to consider what scope you have for charging during the day, either on site or by using the public network during the day. If your vehicle(s) are taken home at the end of the working day, then another consideration is how these could be charged at home or on-street. All of this is discussed in the Section 2 factsheet (PDF, 171KB).

The video talks through the different public charging options available in Haringey.

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Section 3: The benefits of electric vehicles

So far, we have covered EVs, ULEVs and the different charging options. We will now look at some of the main benefits of running an EV compared to a standard petrol or diesel engine vehicle.

The downloadable content will specifically look at:

  • Grant funding and incentives
  • Servicing an EV
  • Ownership costs
  • Running costs

All of this is discussed in the Section 3 factsheet (PDF, 341KB).

A key consideration around EVs is the battery component of the vehicle and some of the environmental considerations and concerns relating to them. This is an important point to consider given that the focus of this online tool is to promote the use of cleaner vehicles to help improve air quality in and around Haringey.

The Section 3 batteries factsheet (PDF, 198KB) looks at:

  • Battery warranties
  • Considering the CO2 emissions relating EV production compared to ICE vehicle production
  • Solutions to dealing with end of life EV batteries, including recycling
  • The environmental impact and ethics of EV batteries

This video focuses on the core advantages of EV ownership, including improved driving experience and reduced service and maintenance costs.

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Section 4: How Could EVs Work in Your Business?

The final part of the introduction to electric vehicles focuses on how this type of vehicle can work for business users, including sole traders and SMEs. We will consider the following key business-critical considerations:

  • Driver training
  • Vehicle payload
  • Power supply - for workplace or home charging
  • Cost savings for businesses
  • Economy - maximising range per charge

Considerations for business users:

  • Charging availability in Haringey - including requesting a public chargepoint near you
  • Where to buy an EV in Haringey
  • What is the best method of sourcing and financing an EV - including a discussion around battery leasing

The detail provided in this section aims to help business users make an important decision to use an EV. It may not immediately be a viable solution to all organisations in Haringey, but if usage patterns allow then the cost savings and other benefits are significant. All of this is discussed in the Section 4 factsheet (PDF, 174KB).

The next video highlights how EVs can work for businesses.

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Electric Vehicle myths

Our final video covers some of the myths associated with electric vehicles.

There are over 140 different plug-in vehicles on the market today, with new models and new manufacturers joining the ranks all the time. As a result, there are now over 300,000 plug-in vehicles on the road in the UK and approximately 140,000 are battery electric vehicles - a significant number but still a very small proportion of the total number of vehicles on the road. This section aims to dispel some of the myths around using electric vehicles.

Driver Engagement at Work - webinar

In May 2020 Haringey hosted a webinar with the Energy Saving Trust 'Driver Engagement at Work'. A recording of this session is available below.

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Page last updated:

6 April 2021