About us

Nextgreencar.com – the buyers guide to economical and environmentally-friendly cars.

Established in 2007, nextgreencar.com is the UK's No.1 green car website with a mission to help car buyers find, compare and buy a greener, more economical car.

The core of the site is a database of all the new cars commercially available in the UK, through which visitors can search and compare cars according to many criteria including CO2, MPG, Car Tax Band and price.

The results are ranked according to the unique Next Green Car Rating which expresses a vehicle's environmental impact as a score out of 100 ranging from 0 for the greenest vehicles to 100+ for the most polluting, and allows for a fair comparison across technologies and fuel types.

Nextgreencar.com covers all issues relating to green motoring including guides on all the emerging technologies (electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, LPG), tax, car clubs and more. As part of the electric car guide, Next Green Car has developed Zap-Map the UK's most comprehensive electric car charging point map, which now operates within a separate electric car and charging point website.

Each year Next Green Car holds the annual Next Green Car Awards, to identify the greenest and best new cars of the year.

With this and all the latest green car news - Next Green Car is an essential destination for those researching a greener, more economical car purchase.

Other projects

Next Green Car Ltd is an independent company developing data and digital solutions in the automotive sector from an environmental angle. In addition to the main website, Next Green Car has also developed and operates Zap-Map.com an electric car and charge point site built around a UK-wide charging point map.

In September 2014, Next Green Car Ltd was awarded the contract to take over management of the National Charge Point Registry (NCR) on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).


Launched in June 2014, and built around the established UK-wide charging point map, Zap-Map.com is dedicated to all aspects of electric vehicles and charging. With charge point map, search tools, up-to-date stats, in-depth charge point and EV info and all the latest news, Zap-Map.com is a resource for current and future EV users.

National Charge Point registry

In September 2014, Next Green Car Ltd was awarded the contract to take over management of the National Charge Point Registry (NCR) on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Next Green Car is responsible for managing the NCR and overseeing the next phase of development of the UK’s official database of electric vehicle (EV) charging locations. The objectives of the development are to improve data quality as well as data coverage.

The NCR, which was established by the UK Government in 2011 to provide a publicly available database of charge points, has already played a key role in supporting the development of the UK EV market. Its continuation and improvement is, therefore, highly important in increasing the UK adoption of electric vehicles.

To discuss any of the areas of Next Green Car above, please contact us.

Next Green Car Team

Ben LaneDr Ben Lane is Managing Editor responsible for site content and the Green Car Rating methodology. His career has spanned both academic research and independent consultancy in technology and the environment and has worked within both the public and private sectors. Ben is also the founding director of Ecolane, Transport and Environment Consultancy.

Mel ShufflebothamMelanie Shufflebotham is responsible for Sales & Marketing at Next Green Car. Melanie has over twenty years experience in the area of technology and marketing and has held posts in product management, Internet marketing and business development. She has worked both in the corporate sector 3Com and T-Mobile and in a number of small start-ups.

Jonathan WoodJonathan Wood is the main web developer for Next Green Car. Jonathan has over twenty years experience as a web developer and has skills in PHP, MySQL, CSS3, Javascript and HTML5. He has also worked in technical support roles, developing software using Oracle databases and also as a trainer for software applications.

Chris LillyChris Lilly is responsible for editorial content on Next Green Car. With a background in journalism, Chris has worked for regional newspapers and lifestyle magazines and websites as a freelance motoring writer since 2006, after studying Automotive Design at university. He is also a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers.

Edward WirgmanEdward Wirgman is the data and content manager for Zap-Map. Edward graduated from the University of Leicester in 2012 with a degree in International Relations. His studies covered a broad spectrum of global politics exploring issues such as climate change and how it has impacted policy. He joined Next Green Car in 2014 to help expand and develop Zap-Map.

Frazer SmithFrazer Smith is the Data Operations Analyst for the NCR, responsible for maintaining and refining the system. Frazer studied Computing at Portsmouth University, graduating in 2015 with first class honours. During his studies he experienced a variety of disciplines within IT, eventually finding his place in databases due to a desire to organise and categorise everything in his life.

Russell BrayRussell Bray is the man behind our road test assessments of new cars. He trained as a general news journalist and has worked on news and business desks of provincial and national newspapers before moving into full time motoring. He has worked for The Mail on Sunday, Daily Mail, The Times and The Sunday Times.

Contact us

General enquiries
Next Green Car, Unit 62, Spike Island,133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX, UK
Phone: 0117 929 8855
Email: info@nextgreencar.com

Ben Lane, Managing Editor
Mobile: 07896 299 354
Email: benlane@nextgreencar.com

Melanie Shufflebotham, Sales & Marketing
Mobile: 07810 095 877
Email: melanie@nextgreencar.com

Chris Lilly, News & Content
Phone: 0117 929 8855
Email: chrislilly@nextgreencar.com

Russell Bray
Phone: 07989.406933
Twitter: @russell_bray

Jonathan Wood, Website Design & Development
Phone: 0117 929 8855
Email: jonwood@nextgreencar.com

Ben Lane

Author:Ben Lane
Date Updated:18th Sep 2015

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