Fleets increasingly turning to low-emission vehicles
The latest data from ALD Automotive, which operates a fleet of more than 52,000 vehicles, reveals that in the first six months of 2010 average CO2 emissions of new company cars delivered to customers dropped to an all-time low of 143.9g/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.
In line with an increased corporate focus on savings, particularly for fuel, ALD Automotive has also reported a drop in the average annual contracted mileage for its company cars, down to 17,300 miles for the first six months of the year compared to 22,475 miles in 2003.
It is this increased focus on cost savings that ALD Automotive says will lead to continued demand for low-emission, fuel-sippingpetrol and diesel company cars long after the launch of more hybrid models and zero-emission electric models from mainstream manufacturers.
ALD Automotive marketing director David Yates said: 'Hybrid and electric vehicles will be a niche choice for most 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.'