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Electric vehicles for business

Advantages of electric vehicles for business

Electric vehicles offer a great reduction in transport costs for businesses, especially for fleet vehicles with regular journeys of up to 100 miles per day. Although electric vehicles are more expensive to buy, they have significantly lower running costs when compared to petrol or diesel equivalents.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has calculated that depending on when and how an electric vehicle is charged it will cost two to four pence per mile. This compares to 10 to 14 pence per mile for an equivalent petrol or diesel vehicle, representing a saving of around 80 to 90 per cent on fuel costs.

There are a series of financial incentives for businesses, including tax and duty exemptions for you and your employees and enhanced capital allowances.

Moving to using electric vehicles gives businesses the chance to become involved in innovative transport developments which are addressing environmental issues. Electric vehicles have no tailpipe emissions. It is estimated that an electric car powered from today’s grid could emit between 15 per cent and 40 per cent less CO2 over its lifetime than a similar sized petrol car.

Setting environmental concerns at the heart of your business can be a key part of demonstrating your corporate social responsibility.