16 October 2017 - Fleet leasing and mobility specialist, Alphabet, announced this week that the company had delivered nearly 9% (8.9%) of the UK’s total number of grant-eligible electric and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles registered for private or business usage up to the end of September 2017.
Figures released from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) earlier this month revealed that of the 26,443 cars and commercial vehicles delivered in the UK to date which are eligible for the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant, 2,357 were funded by or leased through Alphabet.
At the end of September, Alphabet’s portfolio of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) also exceeded 9,000 for the first time. Earlier this year Alphabet also launched their ‘Electrification Potential Analysis’ (EPA) tool to help fleet decision makers understand which specific vehicles and journeys could be undertaken more cost effectively and sustainably by electric or hybrid vehicles.
Simon Carr, Chief Commercial Officer at Alphabet, commented: “These figures demonstrate Alphabet’s longstanding commitment to help customers switch on to the financial and environmental benefits of low emission vehicles as part of their mobility solutions.
The statistics also provide tangible proof ahead of November’s eagerly-awaited Budget of the hugely important role that the company car and business users play in helping to support the UK’s transition to electric and hybrid transport. Business users and Corporates have been absolutely in the vanguard of the take-up of electric and hybrid cars over the past few years, far outstripping demand from retail and private buyers.
We’re clear that while electric and hybrid powertrains may not be appropriate for every business user or journey, our role is to support organisations in adapting to the change and help future-proof their policies, identify and select what is right for both the driver and employer, as well as put in place the infrastructure required for electric and hybrid vehicles to succeed.”