BiK changes dropped in ‘rushed’ Finance Bill

New benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rates for ultra-low emission vehicles, due to take effect from 2020, have been dropped from the Finance Bill. The 15 new bandings, of which 11 were for plug-in cars (sub-75g/km), were confirmed in the Spring Budget. The decision to hold a snap election on 8 June means ministers are having to rush through legislation before parliament closes for business, and as a result ministers have effectively ditched the majority of the finance bill in a bid to ensure it gets through. In what is known as the wash-up period, the Commons and Lords decide what bills they want to let through and which they will effectively put on hold. During the Finance Bill committee stage debate yesterday (April 25) the Government cut the wording, reducing the bill from 762 pages to roughly 140, according to the Chartered Institute of Taxation…

Energy Saving Trust offer guide to choosing a company car

Is your company car due for replacement? The Energy Saving Trust have produced an animated guide, narrated by electric car enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, outlining which vehicle technologies are likely to be most suitable for different daily driving routines. The guide also outlines how choosing a suitable low emission vehicle could save you money in company car tax and fuel for private mileage.

New BMW 225xe PHEV Active Tourer

Fleetdrive Electric are pleased to announce the arrival of the new BMW 225xe PHEV Active Tourer. This exciting new model provides reliable four-wheel drive handling and driving control with the added benefits of a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), such as a low CO2 figure of 46g/km and a combined fuel consumption of up to 141.2mpg. It manages that thanks to an electric motor powering the rear wheels, in addition to the petrol-powered 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine, offering a pure-electric driving range of up to 25 miles. That means the PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) version ought to go nearly twice as far per gallon of petrol as the most frugal diesel powered alternative, the 216d Active Tourer, which returns a claimed 74.3mpg. Of course, direct comparisons between diesel and plug-in hybrid cars are not entirely helpful as economy of the latter can vary wildly depending…

Fleetdrive Electric to Expand into Salary Sacrifice

Fleetdrive Electric has announced that it is to officially launch its Ultra-Low Emissions Salary Sacrifice scheme at the forthcoming Facilities Show. The launch of an Ultra-Low Emissions Salary Sacrifice solution is the latest in a series of 2015 initiatives by Fleetdrive Electric, who are always exploring new, pioneering ways to support the UK’s transition to Ultra-Low Carbon Transport utilising their specialist knowledge and expertise, and follows the recent announcement of a new EV Flexi-Lease service. Fleetdrive Electric, which has more than 300 ULEV company cars and vans on its books and plans to almost double the fleet by 2017, says interest from existing customers for car salary sacrifice has increased in recent months. Historically, Fleetdrive Electric’s focus has been the sub-100 fleet sector but the company believes that a salary sacrifice scheme specifically designed for Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles can prove attractive to large and…

Fleetdrive offer commitment-free way to try Electric Vehicles

Sustainable car and van leasing specialists, Fleetdrive Electric, have extended their product range to include an Electric Vehicle Flexi-lease. Fleet operators looking to explore how electric vehicles can realistically add benefit to their business can now try on a commitment-free flexible lease arrangement. It is estimated that switching just one fleet vehicle to an electric alternative can reduce fleet running costs by up to £2,000 a year in fuel savings alone and save on average 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle. With more and more public charge points becoming available, and the affordable solutions of workplace charging stations, electric vehicles are increasingly popular for business vehicles. Fleetdrive Electric, with their extensive knowledge and market-leading experience of electric vehicles, provide ongoing support to fleets making the switch to electric. This includes providing driver training to ensure that when a business makes the investment in this…

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in available for just £269+vat a month

Mitsubishi’s new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is available to lease for the same cost as the diesel Outlander but offering emissions of just 44g/km and an official 148mpg – Just £269 a month +VAT Priced from £28,249 for the entry-level GX3h after the Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, the Outlander PHEV costs the same as the Outlander diesel GX3 auto, making it the only plug-in hybrid in the UK market that does not carry a price premium for its hybrid technology. The Outlander PHEV combines a 94bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with electric motors on the front and rear axles, giving a cruising range of 512 miles whilst it can travel up to 32.5 miles on electric power only. The official fuel consumption figure for PHEV is 148mpg whilst emissions are 44g/km, making it particularly suitable for fleet drivers. Attracting a BiK…

Toyota previews 2015 fuel cell production car

Toyota says it is on course to launch the company’s first fuel cell production car in 2015. Karl Schlicht, executive vice-president of Toyota Motor Europe, said: “Our unique hybrid history and experience have proven invaluable for the next big leap. Back in 2010, we promised our first fuel cell car for 2015 and we are fully on track to honour our commitment. “Fuel cell is a technology that can secure our concept of personal mobility. That’s because fuel cells combine the strengths of EVs (electric vehicles) and hybrids, with those of conventional cars. That means zero emissions – they only emit water vapour – and full usability; refuelling only takes about three minutes.” Schlicht also says hydrogen fuel is easy to store, is better at capturing renewable energies than batteries, and can be produced anywhere. “Taking these facts into account reinforces how Toyota is…

New plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander to cost same as diesel

Mitsubishi’s new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) has gone on sale in the UK costing the same as the diesel Outlander but offering emissions of just 44g/km and an official 148mpg. Priced from £28,249 for the entry-level GX3h after the Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, the Outlander PHEV costs the same as the Outlander diesel GX3 auto, making it the only plug-in hybrid in the UK market that does not carry a price premium for its hybrid technology. The Outlander PHEV combines a 94bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with electric motors on the front and rear axles, giving a cruising range of 512 miles whilst it can travel up to 32.5 miles on electric power only. The official fuel consumption figure for PHEV is 148mpg whilst emissions are 44g/km, making it particularly suitable for fleet drivers. Attracting a BiK rate of 5%, a…

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