Vehicle funding and fleet management provider Fleet Alliance has embarked on a new programme of green initiatives, including an electric vehicle awareness campaign and electric test vehicles, aimed at cutting carbon emissions on its clients’ fleets.
Over the past six years, it estimates it has helped customers cut an estimated 7.2 billion grams of CO2 from their fleets.
So far this year, more than 20% of cars it has added to its Fleet Alliance-managed fleet of more than 16,000 vehicles have CO2 emissions of below 100g/km, while the average CO2 of all new vehicle orders now stands at 122g/km.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the UK new car average in 128.2g/km.
To further improve its environmental credentials, Fleet Alliance has launched a number of new initiatives.
These include adding two electric Nissan Leaf cars to its fleet. One will be used by its staff to familiarise themselves with the characteristics of an EV, while the other will be used by clients for testing and review purposes.
Fleet Alliance is also providing two free-to-use electric car charging points in the visitors’ car park at its new offices, Skypark, just outside Glasgow city centre. Skypark landlords have paid for the installation while Fleet Alliance is paying the ongoing electricity charges.
The company is also working with the Energy Saving Trust to offer its clients energy-saving advice on best practice for hybrid, electric and grey fleet vehicles, reviewing fleet costs and eco-driver training.
Fleet Alliance has also added the Lexus CT Hybrid, with carbon emissions of just 82g/km, to its own company car policy to encourage its employees to consider greener alternative vehicles.
Martin Brown, managing director of Fleet Alliance, said: “We are hugely encouraged that the advice that we have been offering to our clients for the last two years or more has been heeded, as carbon emissions are falling markedly across our whole fleet.
“This has the effect of not only cutting our clients’ carbon footprints, but reducing their and their drivers’ tax and fuel bills at the same time.
“We have now extended our green fleet initiatives to include advice on electric and hybrid vehicles, as well offering free-to-use charge points and EVs for test and review purposes to help continue the green momentum we have generated.”