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Carbon emissions fall to new low at Fleet Alliance

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 environmental reasons.  

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 DSG.  

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 bills, too.  

“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 popular choices.  

“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.”