It's been a while since our last blog post and an awful lot has happened since then (which will be noted in future posts) but today we turn our attention to the future, which seems to be closer than you'd imagine.
There's an argument to be had about the Environmental impacts of replacing company cars on a frequent basis - changing often to ensure you are driving the most efficient (fuel and tax wise!) vehicles vs maintaining older vehicles and therefore not using up resources by continuously manufacturing newer models - but sometimes, the changes make so much sense that the argument is blown out of the water.
We've recently replaced part of our fleet with a car we firmly believe to not only be a common sense option but potentially a game changer with far reaching implications for company vehicles as a whole.
Petrol Electric Hybrids such as the one shown above (which incidentally is the one we have) offer a range of benefits to both companies and employees which when taken as a whole, make you wonder why anyone wouldn't run one.
Need examples? Benefit in Kind and Fuel Benefits are a fraction of those of a comparable diesel car, Fuel costs are slashed, Class 1A National Insurance Contributions are more than half a comparable car - the list goes on.
All this in a 2 tonne 4 wheel drive car.
Our last fill up was in mid-August and cost £45. By charging regularly using the free charge points located in the region (one-off £20 subscription cost notwithstanding), we've managed to cover 1500 on miles on one tank of fuel.
Sorry, that should read one HALF tank of fuel...
So, good for the environment, good for the employee pocket and good for the company coffers. If you are in the process of replacing your car(s), make sure you arrange a test drive. It might just be the wisest decision you make in a long time.