Green Number Plates?

Government Plans Green Number Plates for Electric Vehicles The government has announced a formal consultation on its proposals to introduce a highly visible way of identifying electric vehicles on the UK’s roads. The plans aim to allow individual drivers and fleets to demonstrate the positive environmental choice that they have made, as well as raising public awareness of the numbers of electric vehicles on the road and ‘normalising’ the idea of driving an EV. What's your view? The government plans to issue Electric Vehicles (EVs) with green number plates.  As a driver, would you like to be easily identified as having chosen an EV in this way?   The scheme is also intended to help city and local authorities [...]

October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving|

Switching from Petrol and Diesel?

The Alternative Fuel Vehicle ConundrumAlternative fuel vehicles, or AFVs, are unquestionably becoming a more popular choice with drivers. In fact, in recent research 60% of company car drivers stated that they are more likely to select an AFV for their next company car than a traditional petrol or diesel vehicle1.That’s a very strong demonstration of intent to make the switch to a more efficient pure electric or hybrid vehicle. However, taking a look at the latest statistics2 for the registration of new AFVs gives quite a different picture, with sales of all types of AFV accounting for just 7.5% of total car sales.So, what is it that’s creating this gap between the preference for an AFV and the final vehicle [...]

October 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|

Company Car Research

Alternative Solutions to Traditional Fleet Problems There’s a simple truth about company cars – drivers love them Put aside the ongoing angst about high BiK tax rates and there’s nothing like the reassurance of driving a new, well-maintained, fully insured vehicle provided by somebody else. This isn’t just anecdotal either, in a recent CLM survey1 of over 300 individuals eligible for a company car, more than three-quarters stated that they saw this as a valuable benefit and only 12% said that they were unlikely to take a company car in the future. And this is great news for businesses. Not only does it provide them with a clear steer in terms of what to include in their benefit packages, [...]

September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

Drivers Increasingly Receptive Towards AFVs

Power of the People – the Rise of Alternative Fuel Vehicles The world is changing. Whether in politics or the world of sports - established orders are being challenged. And the world of transport is no different, with the mass uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) fast approaching. Recent survey results from CLM show that drivers are more receptive towards AFVs than ever before. Almost 90% of UK drivers believe that, in 20 years’ time, most or all vehicles sold will run on alternative fuels and 66% said that they definitely won’t, or are unlikely to, choose a diesel option as their next car. Unsurprisingly, the biggest driver of these changing attitudes to AFVs is the UK’s increasing environmental [...]

August 17th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

ULEV Tax

Understanding the Tax Benefits of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles The term ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) has been around for some years now, often used by the Government to categorise those vehicles which gain preferential treatment for tax purposes. While the definition of a ULEV has remained consistent; a vehicle that emits 75g CO2 or less for every kilometre that it travels, the tax treatment has changed considerably, so it’s worth taking some time to understand exactly how the various rules apply. Company Car Benefit-in-Kind Tax ULEVs currently fit into one of two Benefit-in-Kind tax bands; 0-50g/km or 51-75g/km CO2. For a petrol car, just sneaking under the 75g limit, the company car driver would be taxed at 19% [...]

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

Company Car Tax Update: July 2019

No Company Car Tax for Electric Vehicles for 2020/21 The Government has today announced that, from April 2020, company cars producing no CO2 emissions will attract a zero percent Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rate, replacing the previously published rates of 2%. The zero percent rate will also apply to vehicles, first registered from 6 April 2020 and producing between one and 50g/km of carbon dioxide, that are capable of more than 130 miles on battery power alone. These rates will then increase to 1% for 2021/22 and 2% for 2022/23 for vehicles registered after 6th April 2020. The Government has also provided clarity on the BiK rates for all company cars up to and including the 2022/23 tax year, providing [...]

July 9th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving, Fleet|

Alternative Fuel Vehicles – Driver Research Findings

Consideration of AFVs Outpaces Drivers’ Understanding of the Technology In a recent piece of CLM online research, we discovered that more than 60%1 of company car drivers intend to choose an Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) rather than a petrol or diesel when they next change their car While this high proportion is somewhat surprising, there are a number of factors currently operating in the AFV market that could go some way to explaining the strength of sentiment: There’s a burgeoning amount of choice in the AFV market; with more than 40 models currently available in the UK and with manufacturers set to increase this by at least 50% by the end of 2019. With more choice comes greater [...]

June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet|

Google Maps Boost for EV Drivers

Google Guides EV Drivers Up until now, the go-to source for information on UK EV (electric vehicles) charging facilities around the country has been Zap-Map, a UK-based platform which provides information on the whole topic of electric vehicles and their green potential. This app has static map images showing the location of charging stations, but not their status. However, on Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Google Maps introduced the latest innovation for the drivers of EVs. Simultaneously in the US and the UK, the American multi-national technology company Google LLC launched a new real-time addition to Maps which will assist EV drivers in finding available charging stations and a lot more. All the major charging networks are included, plus businesses [...]

April 26th, 2019|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Driving, Fleet|

Plug-in Car Grants: Latest Changes

Government Announces Shake Up of Plug-in Car Grants The Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced significant changes to the grants available for plug-in vehicles. The changes were due to come into effect from 9th November but were brought forward to 21st October due to what has been termed, ‘exceptional demand’, as individuals and organisations sought to qualify for the old, more generous grants. Through the modifications to the scheme, OLEV has extended the availability of purchase incentives to the next 35,000 cars, but reduced the number of vehicles that are eligible and the maximum value of the grants. The previous grants provided different levels of incentive depending on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and the distance that [...]

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Alternative Fuels, Fleet, Vehicles|
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