Given the upsurge of interest in electric cars and other low-carbon vehicles, the BVRLA wants to ensure that the rental and leasing sectors play a key role in encouraging the take up of this less environmentally harmful technology.
Business guide to electric vehicles
The SMMT has published an Electric Car Guide to help motorists make more informed decisions when purchasing an electric vehicle, the BVRLA supported the production of the guide which can be downloaded here
Tax implications of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs)
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has created a fact sheet to summarise the tax implications of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). Members should use the document to highlight the benefits of leasing an ultra-low emission vehicle to customers.
Plugged in Places
The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) provides funding for cities/regions to help with the infrastructure development needed to support electric vehicles, e.g. charging points.
The BVRLA has worked with Transport for London, who received funding from OLEV for charging points, to allow charging points to be installed in rental branches within London.
Members who wish to include electric vehicles on their fleet can contact the cities and regions who have been awarded funding to try and get 50% match funding for charging points. To qualify for the match funding the charging points have to be seen as publicly available and OLEV are happy that rental company branches qualify given the utilisation figures we have provided. This does not mean that your branches would need to allow the charging points to be accessed by any vehicle.
Members may need to convince cities or regions of the benefits of including rental branches as part of their bid and the BVRLA has put together a document which will help you win the argument. It can be accessed here and will need to be populated with your own data.
This document helped to convince Transport for London and OLEV that car rental provides an excellent opportunity to get electric vehicles into the hands of the ordinary motorist with no risk.
For more information on Plugged in Places click here
Making Green Claims
If members are considering making claims that their products and services are green the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has produced advice for business about using green claims. The advice is to help businesses to present the environmental credentials of their products accurately and appropriately, especially in advertising.
For example, the widely used phrase "environmentally friendly" is not a recognised term, and does not necessarily mean anything. Defra encourages businesses to make green claims in line with the detailed guidance it has produced about this. A useful starting point, which gives guidance on how to make valid green claims in the UK (and also explains the use of a range of symbols including the Green Dot and the Mobius loop), is Defra's Green Claims - Practical Guidance.
Van and Car CO2 Emissions
An online database of van fuel consumption and emission figures has been compiled by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), and Department for Transport (DfT). It allows users to search for new van models on the UK market and compare their CO2 emissions and the fuel consumption. The database can be accessed here
You can also find information about car co2 emissions from here.