Car Leasing for Greener Roads

How can we drive and be eco friendly?

Every day we are seeing and hearing about the environment and how we should be helping to reduce our carbon footprint.  Visually, cars and vans are seen as one of the main offenders and a way of portraying your green credentials, or not as in many cases.  Businesses and individuals often associate ‘green’ with cost but this could potentially be a cost saving.

The choice of vehicles has widened considerably over the past few years with manuafactures having tighter engine emmission levels forced upon them by Europe and UK legislation steering taxation benefits towards lower emmission emitting vehicles.  Long gone are the days of green cars being the few Hybrid vehicles on the market.

Leasing cars for a greener world may be easier than many people think.  There are a wider range of Hybrid vehicles from Honda, Toyota and Lexus and many more manufactures about to launch their offerings.  The other alternatives are found in the technologies employed by most other manufactures mainly in the diesel engines such as start/stop functions, filters to clean the exhaust emmissions and regeneration of power to recharge the battery and power electrical functions.  These all go under various tiltles such as Bluemotion, BlueEfficiency, Efficient Dynamics, Multiair, Twinair, EcoDynamic and Ecoflex to name a few.  This much wider range means that it is more obtainable and practical for business to run a greener fleet.

Perhaps visually these cars may not be immediately identifiable as greener cars but is this what it’s all about?  Surely if we come back to car leasing for a greener sussex it is to ensure the vehicles used within the business are the most efficient they can be for the purpose they are required for.  Companies could still promote their green policies and highlight the vehicles they use and the decisions for this.

Leasing costs are rarely a factor now as the leasing companies see these fuel efficient vehicles as a more desirable option when they enter the used market and thus set strong residual values.  The other day-to-day advatages are increased fuel economy and thus lower fuel costs.  Some companies have even seen a knock on effect in drivers improved driving styles as they try and get the best economy they can using the advisory driver information systems fitted to many of these cars.

Lastly, if staff are required to use their own vehicle on company business the provision of a ‘pool car’ for staff to use could also be an option instead rather than them using potentially their own high poluting vehicles.