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BT launches first electric vehicle company car scheme

BT launches first electric vehicle company car scheme

BT has launched its first dedicated electric vehicle company car scheme, with support from its Fleet Solutions business.

The launch, said BT Group, confirmed its commitment to the environment, reinforcing the company’s green credentials and followed the announcement of its target for net zero emissions by 2045 during the recent ‘Green GB Week’.

BT’s net zero target takes the Group’s current goal, an 87% reduction in emissions intensity by 2030, a step further and is claimed to lead the way following news that the government has asked its Climate Change Committee to investigate a net zero target for the UK as a whole.

Shifting to ultra-low emission vehicles is key to meeting those targets, a transition made possible in part by HM Revenue and Custom’s new advisory fuel rate for pure electric cars at 4p per mile, published following lobbying led by ACFO.

Henry Brace, managing director at BT Fleet Solutions, said: “The move to pure electric vehicles is one we have been seeing for some time with the number of staff who drive diesel vehicles dropping in favour of more uptake in plug-in hybrids. The move to pure electric vehicle is the natural progression of this, and we’re delighted to support the wider Group in their uptake of alternative fuelled vehicles.”

BT said it had been preparing to support electric vehicles ahead of this launch. The scheme, which is available to upwards of 3,000 drivers across the business, is reinforced by the upskilling of more of BT Fleet Solutions’ engineers.

The intention is to enhance their skill set with more detailed knowledge of electric vehicle diagnostics and repair to support growth in electric vehicle services.

Mr Brace continued: “BT as a forward-looking technology business, has had an internal community of alternative fuel vehicle supporters for some time, who will no doubt be front of the line to secure their electric vehicle models. But we believe electric vehicles will be popular with all of our company car base.

“Back in 2008, we vowed to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2020. We achieved our goal four years early however the work hasn’t stopped there. The new electric vehicle company car scheme excellently demonstrates our dedication to BT’s long-term sustainability strategy.

“BT Fleet Solutions’ electric vehicle company car scheme is one of a number of sustainability initiatives across the wider business. Other projects include the reduction of recycling and packaging, and a pledge to use 100% renewable energy by 2020.”