The UK Golf Federation’s latest effort for a better environment

By: March 11, 2020

I assume you read in the Financial Times last year that the electric and hybrid car sales grew by 10% in the UK in 2019. Today, the so-called alternatively fuelled vehicles’ share is 9.9% in the UK.

The Financial Times said

Fully electric cars saw sales triple to 3,162, taking their market share in the month to 2.3 per cent.

UK Golf Federation electronic cars

IEA says

In 2018, the global electric car fleet exceeded 5.1 million, up 2 million from the previous year and almost doubling the number of new electric car sales. 

In the latest SMMT report, we can find a 231% growth in Battery Electric Vehicles (aka electric cars) in the UK:

  • YTD 2019: 2065
  • YTD 2020: 6562

UK Golf Federation – electronic cars & sustainability

Recently the UK Golf Federation has added Urban Charging to its portfolio of elite corporate partners.  UK golf clubs will be able to get a competitive pricing structure (from Urban Charging) for charging at the EV charging points.

They offer a monthly leasing plan from as little as £79 per month and management software allows you to control who can access the charging points and the pricing structure where you can review live usage through your own online portal.

Offering such services in golf clubs is not totally new thing. Some clubs are already offering such services, e.g.

  • The Mere Golf Resort & Spa: Tesla and others;
  • Crail Golfing Society (thanks to the partnership between Scottish Golf & Forev (an Edinburgh-based startup))

In Ireland, I found a similar service at the Adare Manor, the host venue of the 2026 Ryder Cup.

The bottom line is this is a nice, forward-thinking initiative. I assume first the high-end golf clubs and resorts will utilize the above-mentioned offer.

We have to wait a few years when electric cars become mainstream.