Electric vehicles are nothing new. In fact, the very first electric cars can be traced all the way back to the early 19th century, so they’ve taken a while to catch on. Nowadays, however, things are beginning to change.
Thanks largely to the growing concerns over climate change, and the push from Elon Musk’s Tesla, Inc., electric cars have recently gathered, for want of a better term, a head of steam. There have been 63,000 new electric vehicles registered in the UK this year alone, and when you compare that to the paltry 3,500 registered in 2013, it’s clear to see that something is going on.
What, however, does this mean for businesses? Are company electric cars really the way to go? Is leasing electric cars a viable option now? Or, are we a little way off of seeing fully electric fleets? Naturally, the answers to these questions are far from simple, but there are already some clear benefits to making your company’s fleet a little greener.
Let’s take a look!
1. Green is cool
Now, you’re probably not overly bothered about looking cool…you’re in business to make money, right? Well, there’s a little saying that may change your mind, and you’ve probably heard it before – “Image is everything!”. As we’ve already touched upon, electric cars are trending at the moment, so why not align your brand to this globally conscious shift in attitudes? Makes sense, doesn’t it?
The general public are wising up to the fact that the environment is pretty much on a knife edge at present, so switching across to a more environmentally friendly way of working is essential if you want your brand image to be congruent with their beliefs. While this is vitally important to companies directly associated with transportation – think taxis, delivery services, public transport, etc. – other businesses would be wise to make the switch too.
Being an early adopter of such technologies can be incredibly beneficial to your brand, especially if your business demographic is geared towards under-40s. The key here is to make it known that you are switching. Tell the world about your green credentials and watch your credibility soar.
2. Cost-effective motoring
Okay, back to the business of money. One of the main reasons for the sudden increase in the amount of electric cars being registered is the fact that the sector is becoming way more affordable. Competition is fierce in the alternative-fuel market at present, and prices are reflecting this.
Leasing electric cars for business is now a viable option, too, which brings the costs for companies down further still. Plus, in a sector which is so technologically driven, having the option to lease and take advantage of the regular improvements being made makes perfect sense as well.
The true savings, however, will be seen on a day-to-day basis. Running an electric vehicle is a far cheaper option than conventionally fuelled cars. The key concern here, for both businesses and personal users alike, was the availability of charging stations and the dubious battery life of the electric cars of old. Thankfully, both are being addressed.
Modern electric car models are now fitted with batteries that last considerably longer than they used to. Degradation tends to only really become an issue after eight years of use and journey times are increasing with every new model released. Again, if you are thinking of leasing electric cars for business, you’ll be ahead of those who buy. As most leases run for only two to three years, battery degradation won’t be an issue. Not only that, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the improved technology and increased journey times when the time comes to renew your lease.
There has been good news from the charging standpoint recently, too. Energy giant E.ON have announced that they will be extending their charging stations to the UK, with new fully-managed services for ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEVs) business fleets. With those concerns taken care of, electric motoring for business is no longer a thing of the future – it’s a real world solution for companies both big and small that’s available right now.
3. It’s simply the right thing to do
Now, we don’t mean to preach to you here, but bear with us – ditching petrol and diesel really is a good thing. Not only will you save money (see above), but you’ll also be contributing to a making the world a better place to live in.
Now that we have a seriously viable option to the fossil fuels of old, is there really any excuse to keep using them? Obviously the oil companies will give you a list of reasons why they think you should, but seriously, can you think of one? We can’t.
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