This year (2016) we have seen a rise in motorists opting for ultra-low emission vehicles instead of petrol/diesel-powered motors – beating national figures.
We saw an increase in purchases of 54% from quarter two to three, helped in part by the introduction of the Kia Niro hybrid and the popularity of Nissan’s electric vehicles .
Keith Brock, Managing Director, explained: “In the last year we have seen ultra-low emission (ULEVs) vehicles grow in popularity. Nationally uptake of ULEVs has increased by 49% in the last quarter, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures and we’re experiencing the same effect here in Bristol, and at our other outlets in the South West and South Wales.
“But we’re going better than this and beating this trend by a further 5%. Proving our customers are keen to be green and the vehicles we’re providing are matching their motoring aspirations .
“I am delighted to see more motorists than ever choosing electric vehicles. These statistics are a testament to work that the manufacturers have been doing to create ultra-low emission vehicles that people want to drive, and that have the technology and functionality they require, suiting their lifestyles. These developments are making a real difference in encouraging people to choose ULEVs over others.”
We took delivery of Kia’s new cutting-edge crossover – the Kia Niro, the world’s first dedicated hybrid utility vehicle, in early August and it’s proved a winner with our customers.
OurFeeder Road branchGeneral Manager, Mark Hayward said: “Unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, it is Kia’s latest eco-conscious vehicle and is set to add a fresh dimension to the global compact SUV market.
“For the first time ever, one innovative vehicle brings together exceptional style, perfectly-proportioned utility, a sporty driving feel and high-MPG efficiency in a hybrid-only model. Alongside the existing Soul EV and the upcoming Optima Hybrid, Kia have developed a range of ULEVs to suit a variety of customers.”
Meanwhile, the soon-to-be-released Hyundai IONIQ also demonstrates a commitment from the manufacturers for innovative low emission motoring. The IONIQ will be the first car in the world to offer separate hybrid, full electric and plug in hybrid powertrains within one body type.
Keith added: “The IONIQ’s advanced engineering isn’t at the expense of seductive styling either. It’s sleek on the outside and uncluttered and logical inside, with the very latest technology and a wealth of space.
“Special care and attention has also been given to the driving experience. On the road the IONIQ is responsive and fun. People may have preconceptions about ULEVs, but at Wessex we have a range of vehicles across the manufacturers we represent, from electric to hybrid, making us confident there will be a vehicle to suit everyone.”
Many of Bristol’s leading organisations are already fans of electric vehicles. The University of Bristol took delivery of four 100% electric, Nissan e-NV200 Combi vans from Wessex last month.
Meanwhile in July, Bristol Airport took its second electric vehicle from the dealership – another Nissan e-NV200 Combi van.
We have also supplied seven 100% electric Nissan Leafs to the Gloucestershire Constabulary – three marked police cars for use in urban areas and four unmarked vehicles for use in other operations.
Keith continued: “It’s a pleasure to be working with big organisations such as the Airport and the University of Bristol, as well as other businesses of all sizes in the area on projects like this.
“But of course it’s equally important for the general public to embrace these developments and to now be considering ULEVs as a credible vehicle of choice for the future, and these figures clearly illustrate this in now happening and we’re delighted.”
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