UK car leasing deals can become greener

JonathanJuly 26, 2011

Businesses considering car leasing deals for their fleet should invest in low-carbon vehicles.

Nikki Rooke, head of communications at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said there are several incentives for companies to choose green car leasing deals.

The fact that company car tax has been based on carbon emissions for a while encourages fleet buyers and drivers of such vehicles to opt for motors with lower carbon output, she claimed.

Ms Rooke continued: “As well as the savings from greater fuel efficiency that can be delivered, an electric or hybrid fleet can deliver savings on parking, congestion charge et cetera.”

Those that opt for electric vehicles when considering car leasing deals need to consider the type of journeys their fleets will be used for, she added.

Among the factors that need to be taken into account are the distances motors will be driven and whether they will be returned regularly to the same place to be charged or stay away for several days.

Her comments come as the RAC Foundation released research noting there are fewer than 2,500 green cars in UK fleets, which total about 28 million vehicles.

Ms Rooke said the UK automotive industry as a whole is starting to produce more lower-emission vehicles. This may suggest car leasing deals could be getting greener too.

The SMMT spokesperson said the organisation’s latest CO2 report shows “significant progress” has been made in terms of low-carbon technologies.

New cars produced in 2010 had a typical carbon output of 144.2g/km and this figure dropped to 138.9 g/km last month. This is a reduction of more than 23 per cent since the turn of the century.

The EU requires all new cars to produce emissions of no more than 95g/km by 2015, a target Ms Rooke believes the motor manufacturing industry in the UK is “firmly on course to meet” thanks to innovative technologies.

Posted by Paul Jenkins

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