The emphasis on going green is never far from the news headlines, with prominent climate activist Greta Thunberg recently making a passionate speech to the UN, highlighting the need for urgent change. While there are many aspects of modern living that contribute to carbon emissions, it’s often vehicles that come under the heaviest spotlight. While vehicle manufacturers continue to develop electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) options, they still only make up a small percentage of vehicles in use. To bring this into sharp focus, there are approximately 155,000 electric vehicles registered in the UK, compared with 30,000,000 fossil fuel vehicles, and while sales are increasing, there is still a long way to go.
We appreciate that many heavy commercial vehicles still don’t have electric counterparts, and for now at least heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are often required to travel long distances necessitating a more immediate fuel option, traditionally diesel. But, with new electric vans and cars, for some businesses there really is an option to explore the benefits of building an EV fleet.
Let’s look at four reasons electric should be considered as the fuel source for your fleet, in addition to the obvious environmental sustainability.
Cost of Electricity Versus Fuel
In a recent article published by British Gas, it states that 100-mile charge costs around £4, compared with a fossil fuel car costing £14 for the same distance. This equates to a 70% saving in fuel. With the range of EVs improving with the advances in battery technology, combined with growing charge point infrastructure, they really are starting to make a lot more sense.
EVs for Logistics
While early green vehicles were typically small wheel-based cars, in part due to the limited range of early batteries, modern electric vehicles include long wheel-base vans, and are ideal for inner city logistic requirements requiring a time critical solution. EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) are available form most of the leading car manufacturers however, including the well-loved Transit model from Ford in a plug-in hybrid variant.
Excise Duty Exempt
Under current government legislation, EVs under £40,000 are exempt from road tax. While there is the prospect for this to change as the number of electric vehicles increases, it’s forecast that the government will continue to incentivise the purchase of EVs, with the tax recouped from other channels.
Low Vehicle Maintenance
Ongoing vehicle servicing can be incredibly expensive, especially when scaled up to large vehicle fleets. The cost of annual or intervallic mileage servicing typically averages £200 per vehicle. This is largely due to the complicated and widely varied components required for fossil fuel cars including clutches and gear boxes, as well as necessary fluid changes. In contrast EVs have much fewer parts that require servicing, with the average cost being around £120 – equating to a saving of around 66%.
As we mentioned at the start of this article, we appreciate that many businesses will look to gradually phase electric vehicles in, with the obvious initial candidates being commuter and sales vehicles. However, with a complete range of EV and PHEV vehicle hire options available, you can work with our customer team to forecast the potential benefits of going green.
Categorised in: Advice
This post was written by Mike Palmer
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