Carbon emissions fall to new low at Fleet Alliance
Fleet Alliance has seen carbon emissions fall to an all-time
low of 115 g/km per vehicle for all new cars ordered in the last six months, as
corporate buyers increasingly turned to ‘green’ models for tax and
Over the last four years, carbon emissions have continued to
decline steadily across the Fleet Alliance fleet of 25,000 vehicles, dropping
from an average of 123 g/km in 2014 to 115 g/km now, a fall of 6.5%.
The over-riding majority of
cars on the fleet, around 57%,
now fall into the emissions category of 101-129 g/km, with some 21% of the
fleet between 75 g/km -100 g/km and 2% below 75 g/km.
At the top end of the scale, just 5% of the fleet has carbon
emissions of greater than 160 g/km, reflecting how the market has changed in
recent years as corporate buyers looked to choose less polluting models.
The greenest car on the Fleet Alliance fleet in 2017 with
emissions of 40.6 g/km is the plug-in hybrid Volkswagen Golf 1.4TSI GTE five-door
Following closely behind the Golf, with average CO2
emissions of 41g/km is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The next model in the
Fleet Alliance ‘green’ chart is the BMW 530e petrol-electric hybrid which has
CO2 emissions of 46g/km. In fourth place is stable-mate the BMW 2 Series Active
Tourer plug-in hybrid (48 g/km).
During the last 12-18 months, Fleet Alliance said
it had been continually advising fleet clients of the
importance of setting fleet policies that encouraged the take-up of low
carbon-emitting cars to capitalise on savings in tax, Class 1A National
Insurance and fuel costs.
To reinforce the message, the company has also introduced a
number of new ‘green’ initiatives including an electric vehicle awareness
programme, which included adding two new examples of the world’s best-selling
electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf, to the Fleet Alliance fleet for testing and
review purposes, plus recharging stations in its corporate car park.
Fleet Alliance managing director Martin Brown
said: “Carbon emissions are falling across our entire fleet. We expect this to
fall still further in the second half of the year as more clients switch to ‘greener’
cars, not only to cut their carbon footprints but to reduce their tax and fuel
“We are seeing many more new ‘green’ models,
especially plug-in hybrids, coming through from the vehicle manufacturers with
ever-lower carbon emissions across all popular model ranges.
“The fact that the many of the cleanest models
on our fleet are now hybrids is in line with the national trend which has seen
the uptake of hybrid vehicles grow at a rapid rate in the last 12-18 months.”
Mr Brown continued: “In terms of
the volume sellers, Audi still remains desirable for user-choosers with their
low carbon emissions and small tax charges, and the A1, A3 and A4 remain
“The Vauxhall Astra is another popular model
which is just outside our top 10 cleanest car chart with average CO2 emissions
of just 93 g/km, which indicates the strides the mainstream manufacturers have
made in reducing emissions across their model ranges.”