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2016 ACFO Awards mark ‘watershed year’ for electric vehicles

Fleet managers have named their 2016 ACFO award winners, with three of the seven accolades recognising plug-in cars.

Tesla Model S

Tesla took the Environmental Initiative of the Year Award and shared the Green Vehicle of the Year Award for the Model S with the plug-in BMW i3

Held last night (Wednesday 16 November) at the St John’s Hotel, Solihull, the 2016 event showed the changing face of fleet management, with Tesla gaining its first ACFO awards in recognition of its rising role in the company car sector.

The electric car pioneer won the Environmental Initiative of the Year Award and shared the Green Vehicle of the Year Award for its Model S with the plug-in BMW i3; a third successive win for the BMW.

Meanwhile BMW was highly commended in the Environmental Initiative of the Year and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle was similarly recognised in the Fleet Car of the Year category.

The Jaguar XE, which entered UK showrooms 17 months ago, retained the Fleet Car of the Year title won last year, while the BMW 3 Series was also highly commended in the category.

Vehicle contract hire and fleet management specialist Marshall Leasing notched its third ACFO Award, taking the Fleet Service Company of the Year title it previously secured in 2013 and 2010.

Road safety charity Brake joined the ranks of ACFO Award winners for the first time, scooping the Fleet Safety Initiative of the Year for providing fleet decision-makers with a range of resources to further improve occupational road risk management across the corporate sector. The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme was highly commended in this category, marking its first-time mention at the awards.

The Large Van of the Year and Small Van of the Year Awards were respectively taken by the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and the Volkswagen Caddy. The Sprinter last won in 2010 and the Caddy two years ago.

John Pryor, chairman of ACO, said: “The fleet industry continues to evolve and 2016 could be viewed as a watershed year as managers through their votes recognised that electric vehicles have a role to play in their company car operations.

“Significantly more than half of all new cars are bought by the corporate sector. Therefore, with the Government continually seeking to drive up demand for ultra-low and zero emission cars it is critical that models such as those from our 2016 award winners Tesla and BMW find favour with fleet managers and company car drivers.”

Results:

Fleet Safety Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Activa Contracts)

Winner – Brake

Highly commended – Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme

 

Fleet Service Company of the Year (sponsored by Skoda)

Winner – Marshall Leasing

 

Environmental Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Bott)

Winner – Tesla

Highly commended – BMW

 

Small Van of the Year (sponsored by Zenith)

Winner – Volkswagen Caddy

 

Large Van of the Year (sponsored by Commercial Fleet)

Winner – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

 

Green Vehicle of the Year (sponsored by Prolegal Solicitors)

Winners – Tesla Model S and BMW i3

 

Fleet Car of the Year (sponsored by Lex Autolease)

Winner – Jaguar XE

Highly commended – BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C Class Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.