The salary sacrifice car scheme has been added to its existing employee benefits portfolio, available to all its UK staff, via an online flexible benefits system provided by employee benefits solutions specialist, Vebnet.

On behalf of National Grid, Vebnet carried out a full and comprehensive feasibility study and put the scheme out to tender to find the best provider to suit National Grid's specific requirements.

Richard Morgan, director of consultancy services at Vebnet, commented: 'A green car scheme was seen as a fantastic enhancement to the existing range of benefits for National Grid, particularly as it provides a great way for employees to switch to more environmentally friendly cars and save money at the same time. The interest from employees has been phenomenal and we're delighted with its success.'

Following Tuskers' appointment, Tusker and Vebnet worked closely with National Grid to ensure the scheme was fully tailored to their needs and that the scheme was well communicated and successfully launched to all National Grid employees. With a soft launch of the scheme in November and a series of well-received roadshows at National Grid offices across the UK, the scheme was officially launched on 25 January and interest in the scheme has been extremely high, with in excess of 100 new car orders received in the first 48 hours. This steady pace has continued with the first deliveries already made.

Caroline Adams, employee benefits manager at National Grid, commented: 'We knew the scheme would be popular following the level of interest expressed by employees during the roadshows, but the volume of orders placed in the first month has exceeded all our expectations.  It is great to see some cars have been delivered within the first few weeks of launch and we are receiving extremely positive feedback.'