Emissions on ALD's deliveries of company cars reach all-time low
Data from the firm shows that in the first nine months of 2010 average CO2 emissions of the cars that it delivered to customers dropped to an all-time low of 142.6g/km.
That compares with an average figure of 145.5g/km last year and 166.8g/km in 2003, the year ALD began recording CO2 emissions data.
Currently almost 11% of the company cars on the ALD fleet are sub-120g/km vehicles, which mean employees qualify for the special 10% rate of BiK tax (13% on diesel models), with two-thirds falling in the 120-160g/km category.
The data also reveals that the company cars added to the ALD fleet are clocking up less mileage.
In January to September this year the average annual contracted mileage for company cars was 17,262 miles, down more than 5,200 miles on 2003 (22,475 miles).
ALD has attributed the decline to improved travel planning and mileage management by both businesses and company car drivers.
Undoubtedly, says ALD, the continuing trend towards low emission company cars has been significantly influenced by a corporate desire to reduce running costs as well as the Government's decision to link all motoring taxes to vehicle CO2 levels. With further tax rises scheduled as well as changes to vehicle capital allowances from 1 April next year and an increase in fuel duty from 1 January, ALD expects average new company car emissions to drop below 140g/km over the coming months.
Finally, despite more hybrid models becoming available and mainstream manufacturers due to launch zero emission electric models early in 2011, ALD believes that low emission fuel-sipping petrol and diesel company cars will continue to dominate fleet choice lists for the foreseeable future.
ALD Automotive marketing director David Yates said: 'Hybrid and electric vehicles have a niche role to play on some fleets. While there is interest in these vehicles, petrol and diesel vehicles are a known quantity and deliver, in many cases, exactly what fleets and drivers want – low emissions, excellent fuel economy and a desirable total cost of ownership.'