Government incentives will be offered for low emission fleets starting in 2015, reversing last year’s decision to remove tax exemptions. Across the board, manufacturers welcome the reversal, as they’ve seen tremendous growth in the green automotive sector.
Nissan in particular has dominated the low emission market. In 2012, 1,262 electric cars were sold, with the Nissan Leaf accounting for 55 per cent of overall sales. The Vauxhall Ampera and Chevrolet Volt are popular models as well, accounting for 522 registrations. Hybrids like the Toyota Prius fared quite well too, as 470 new Priuses were registered last year.
Transport minister Norman Baker expects continued growth in the green car industry. He said ultra low emission vehicle sales are picking up “as people come to see the economic and environmental sense they make”.
Both Renault and Mitsubishi will launch their own low emission vehicles later this year. Renault’s new model, the Zoe, is 100 per cent electric, while the Mitsubishi Outlander is a hybrid vehicle.
Volvo’s V60 petrol plug-in line, launched last year, has already met its international sales quota – proof that green cars are in high demand.
Desire for low emission vehicles is ever-increasing, benefitting buyers’ budgets and the environment simultaneously.
UK Carline has a number of green vehicles on offer, including the Citroen C1 Hatchback, with a low emission level of 99g/km. If you’re thinking of adding it to your business fleet, a great car leasing deal is available at £93.99 per month. Or, if you just want it its great fuel mileage (65.7 MPG), personal contract hire rates start at £118.79 per month.
The popular petrol plug-in, Toyota Prius Hatchback, is also available to lease online, with an impressive C02 emission rate of 89g/km. Available to lease for your fleet at £271.42 per month, this model will save you a bundle on petrol, with a combined mileage rate of of 72.4 MPG.
Leasing low emission vehicles is a great way to meet corporate social responsibility objectives and to help metropolitan areas meet EU emission targets. Not only that, you’ll save a small fortune on petrol.
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