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Unipres fleet shows continued benefits of salary sacrifice

Sunderland-based car parts manufacturer Unipres has reported continued popularity for its salary sacrifice scheme as it works to drive carbon emissions reductions.

Unipres has added several charge points in the corporate car park to drive EV take-up

Unipres has added several charge points in the corporate car park to drive EV take-up

The firm, which makes a range of parts for vehicle manufacturers including Nissan GB and Honda UK, operates a 61-strong vehicle fleet on a salary sacrifice basis provided by Fleet Evolution, with a growing percentage of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Staff take-up is around 8% from an eligible workforce of around 900, covering employees ranging from machine operators to the managing director.

The scheme has a carbon ceiling set at 140g/km but average CO2 emission levels on the fleet have fallen to 100g/km, with 78g/km for all new models, thanks to a fleet mix that comprises 40% diesel, 40% petrol and a fast-growing 20% of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

To encourage EV and hybrid uptake, Unipres has added several charge points in the corporate car park so that staff can recharge their vehicles while at work. Due to its association with both Nissan and Honda, the company is also able to offer its employees a 4-7% incentive to selected models from either marque in the shape of a rebate of the Employer’s National Insurance Contributions.

Head of finance and purchasing Andrew Fawell commented: “The salary sacrifice model works very well for us and helps us to meet our CO2 and corporate responsibility targets. Fleet Evolution provides really good service levels and takes away all the hassle of running our fleet.”

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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.