York Fleet Management Company – Autohorn Fleet Services Fleet Services limited has been recognised for embracing environmentally friendly electric vehicles by taking deliveries of a Hybrid ‘Supercar’.
As such, Autohorn Fleet Services has been awarded the ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status, which is part of the new government and automotive initiative to help UK organisations and motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the raft of electric vehicles on the market.
The award was given to Autohorn Fleet Services for their commitment in planning to increase their use in plug-in cars and vans. Autohorn Fleet Services has set itself a target to have at least 100 electric vehicles in their fleet by 2020, presently they are ahead of their target closing 2016 with at least 40 electric and hybrid vehicles on their fleet.
Autohorn Fleet Services has also invested in alternative vehicles from the standard hybrids and electric vehicles by taking delivery of the new BMW i8. One of the first plug-in Hybrid Sports Cars made by BMW. Increasing the choice of electric and hybrid vehicles currently on offer.
This two door Hybrid Coupe is one of BMW’s latest vehicles combining both efficiency and speed into one big package. Resulting in emission values comparable of that of the standard super mini, whilst acceleration and speed to be within the same area as any supercar on the market.
Underneath the car you’ll find two engines – BMW’s Turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine at the back and an electric motor found on top of the front axle. BMW’s clever on-board computer combines both of these together allowing the car to accelerate from a standing start to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds!
In late 2015, Autohorn Fleet Services also became the first rental company in Yorkshire to have plug-in electric vehicles on fleet available for hire when it took delivery of ten Mercedes-Benz B250e’s. As such Autohorn Fleet Services took the liberty of introducing free to use electric charge points in the York City Centre to encourage the use of electric vehicles as well as charging their own fleet.
Lee Underwood, managing director said: “These recent developments are part of our ongoing plan to help York become an ultra-low emission city. We are dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint surrounding the city and will continue to advocate and facilitate the use of low-emission technology to help to create a healthier environment for the people of York.”
Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by Autohorn Fleet Services in offering electric vehicles.”
Transport Minister and Harrogate MP Andrew Jones said: “It’s great to see a growing number of British fleets going green and I would encourage other businesses to learn from these Go Ultra Low companies and benefit from the huge fuel and tax savings offered by electric vehicles.”