Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 March 2017

HMRC has updated Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) which apply from 1 March 2017. AFRs apply when employees are reimbursed for business travel in their company cars, or where they are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel. The following table shows the new rates as well as the previous rates in brackets. The only changes are to petrol rates which have risen by a penny per mile for vehicles over 2000cc and LPG vehicles over 2000cc which is also up by a penny. All other rates remain the same.   Engine size Petrol – amount per mile LPG – amount per mile 1400cc or less 11 pence 7 pence 1401cc to 2000cc 14 pence 9 pence Over 2000cc 22 pence 14 pence Engine size Diesel – amount per mile 1600cc or less 9 pence 1601cc to 2000cc 11 pence Over…

Energy Saving Trust offer guide to choosing a company car

Is your company car due for replacement? The Energy Saving Trust have produced an animated guide, narrated by electric car enthusiast Robert Llewellyn, outlining which vehicle technologies are likely to be most suitable for different daily driving routines. The guide also outlines how choosing a suitable low emission vehicle could save you money in company car tax and fuel for private mileage. [iframe id=””]

Introducing the Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

Fleetdrive are pleased to introduce Kia’s first ever plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Optima PHEV. Instantly recognisable as part of the Optima range, the exterior design features a series of visual enhancements that also give it a unique look of its own and improve aerodynamic efficiency. These include re-profiled front and rear bumpers for enhanced air-flow over the body, special eco blue inserts for the dedicated front grille and side sills, distinctive full LED headlamps and, of course, the integrated charging port. Offering enjoyable driving and low running costs with minimal environmental impact, thanks to its advanced new plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Optima provides a compelling proposition for green-minded motorists. CO2 from 37g/km 2.0 Petrol engine and 9.8kWh battery combine to deliver 202bhp Up to 176MPG combined fuel consumption* 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation with European Mapping Reversing Camera System harman/kardon Premium Sound System with…

Cut red tape and costs to improve air quality

Transport for London (TfL) has warned that red tape and costs “must be minimised” for commercial fleets targeted with improving air quality. The capital, which could become a blueprint for other UK pollution hotspots, is due to be the world’s first clean-air zone from September 2020. However, the new mayor of London has drawn up proposals that could see the so-called ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) introduced a year earlier than expected, and more than double in size. Sadiq Khan is proposing the new zone would stretch from north to south circular roads. Under existing plans it was due to only apply to the current congestion charge zone, with drivers of non-compliant cars having to pay £12.50 per day to enter. But Khan now wants to add an additional premium to the congestion charge for the most polluting vehicles from 2017. “I have been elected…

Try electric vehicles with commitment-free flexi lease

Sustainable car and van leasing specialists, Fleetdrive Electric, have extended their product range to include an Electric Vehicle Flexi-lease. Fleet operators looking to explore how electric vehicles can realistically add benefit to their business can now try on a commitment-free flexible lease arrangement. It is estimated that switching just one fleet vehicle to an electric alternative can reduce fleet running costs by up to £2,000 a year in fuel savings alone and save on average 1.6 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle. With more and more public charge points becoming available, and the affordable solutions of workplace charging stations, electric vehicles are increasingly popular for business vehicles. Fleetdrive Electric, with their extensive knowledge and market-leading experience of electric vehicles, provide ongoing support to fleets making the switch to electric. This includes providing driver training to ensure that when a business makes the investment in this…

BMW i8 electric car lease price announced

An entirely new concept of sports car, the BMW i8 is more efficient due to its intelligent lightweight construction with carbon and aerodynamic design. It’s more sustainable, with highly efficient BMW eDrive technology and recyclable materials in the interior. Yet with no compromise on dynamics and its sporting appearance, it creates the optimum combination of driving pleasure and efficiency. The BMW i8 is a plug-in hybrid that brings together the advantages of innovate electric motor and combustion engine technologies. The result is an extraordinary driving experience – with extremely low consumption and low emissions. Available to lease from just £1,099 +VAT a month (based on 36 months, 10,000 miles p.a.) Contact Fleetdrive Electric, the EV specialists, for a lease quote tailored to your specific requirements.

£5 million available for Local Authorities to green their fleets

The Government is making £5 million available to local authorities and other public bodies to convert their vehicles to run on cleaner fuels or fit pollution-busting technology to treat exhaust fumes. The Clean Vehicle Technology Fund aims to improve air quality in towns and cities across England. Each authority can apply for up to a maximum of £500,000 for vehicles that are used predominantly on local roads with poor air quality. Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said: “This is our latest step in a major programme of measures to make our air cleaner. “We are raising the bar and making sure that the ongoing trend of improving air quality continues. “This £5 million will mean less harmful exhaust fumes from buses, and other vehicles, in some of our most polluted urban areas. “This funding will also secure jobs and growth in the industries delivering the…

Petrol and diesel advisory fuel rates unchanged

The latest Advisory Fuel Rates (AFRs) from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), have come into effect (from June 1), with petrol and diesel rates unchanged. The rate for LPG vehicles with an engine size greater than 2,000cc has decreased from 17p to 16p, cancelling out the 1p increase implemented from March 1, 2014. For one month from the date of change, employers may use either the previous or new current rates to reimburse drivers for fuel used on business journeys. New rates in bold, previous rates in brackets. Petrol 1400cc or less 14p (14p) 1401cc to 2000cc 16p (16p) Over 2000cc 24p (24p) Diesel 1600cc or less 12p (12p) 1601cc to 2000cc 14p (14p) Over 2000cc 17p (17p) LPG 1400cc or less 9p (9p) 1401cc to 2000cc 11p (11p) Over 2000cc 16p (17p)

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