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Plug-ins offer real-world savings for fleets, says Fleet Evolution

Drivers are being urged to explore electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids to cut fuel costs, tax bills and CO2 emissions on their daily commute.

Andrew Leech, managing director of Fleet Evolution

Andrew Leech, managing director of Fleet Evolution

The call comes from car benefits and fleet management specialist Fleet Evolution after its research found that the average commute is just 7.2 miles – well within the 20 miles or so pure electric range of most plug-in hybrids and no issue at all for electric vehicles.

Drivers opting for pure electric cars on Fleet Evolution’s salary sacrifice car schemes can also utilise the Electric Flex service, which gives preferential daily rental rates on petrol or diesel vehicles for long-distance trips, for example to see relatives at the weekend.

The firm, which was awarded Go Ultra Low company status for its commitment to boost uptake of plug-in vehicles last November, is also working to increase uptake of ULEVs through its offer a free workplace charge point for customers that do need to charge during the day. The scheme covers the cost of installation of a fast rate charge point and its ongoing provision.

Andrew Leech, managing director of Fleet Evolution, said: “Our latest research shows that, if repeated on the wider employee base, almost all employees could slash their fuel costs, tax bills and CO2 emissions by opting for a plug-in hybrid or pure electric car when they replace their current car.

“And for drivers who need a vehicle with a longer range at weekends or for holidays, our ‘electric flex’ plan allows them to swap their EV for a large traditional MPV with minimal notice should they need a longer-range option,” he added.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.