York-based vehicle hire and lease specialist, Autohorn Fleet Services, is celebrating after achieving its target of having 100 pure electric cars in its fleet by 2020 with the recent delivery of a new BMW i3. A range of hybrid, self-charging and our electric vehicles now make up over 25% of its fleet.
Reducing emissions and the environmental footprint is at the heart of Autohorn’s operations. It has been leading the way as one of the greenest fleets in Yorkshire for almost a decade offering customers a wide range of electric vehicles from BMW, Kia, Jaguar, Tesla and Audi. Autohorn Fleet Services also has seven of its own electric charging points across York.
Managing Director, Lee Underwood, Autohorn Fleet Services, said: “We are delighted to have achieved our target of having 100 electric cars in our fleet by 2020 to cater for the ever-increasing demand of electric vehicles. With the quality and range of the electric cars available in our fleet, we have something to suit everyone. We offer customers the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’ and see if going electric suits their mobility needs.
Electric vehicles are also becoming increasingly popular as company cars as they currently benefit from a zero per cent Benefit-in-Kind tax rate and, with several other government initiatives, they are not only better for the environment, but also better financially.”
Autohorn Fleet Services’ commitment to supplying electric vehicles has seen them awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status. This government and automotive industry initiative exist to help promote the work of UK organisations and means Autohorn is publicly recognised for including electric vehicles on its fleet and is a leader in low emission business motoring.
The city of York Councilor and Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, Paula Widdowson said: “I am delighted to see that yet again Yorkshire is leading the way in sustainability. Autohorn have shown real commitment to furnish their customer’s needs and protect the environment by providing an exciting new green fleet. Well done.”
With expertise in electric vehicles, Autohorn Fleet Services Director, Scott Jenkins, also sits on the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) rental committee and has participated in government-led consultations surrounding the future of low emission motoring as well as providing advice to other companies about how to transition successfully to operating electric vehicles on their fleet.
BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “BVRLA members are leading the transition to cleaner road transport. The association’s 2019 Sustainability Credentials show that 100% of members’ rental cars and 88% of rental vans are Clean Air Zone compliant, well ahead of the average for all UK cars and vans, reaffirming that BVRLA members have the cleanest vehicle fleet on the road.”
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