Electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can reduce business fuel costs by 75%

electric-charging-low-res.jpg The findings of the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative report on electric and hybrid vehicles  have been announced by the Energy Saving Trust.

Until now, very little information has been available on the process fleets need to follow to success fully acquire and integrate plug-in vehicles.

Through the Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI), the Energy Saving Trust aims to demonstrate where plug-in vehicles (PIVs) can work practically to fulfill and maximise business needs, show where the vehicles work economically, and provide vital insights into the fleet PIV market. Plug-in vehicles include pure electric vehicles (EVs), extended-range electric vehicles (E-REVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – find out more by watching our Electric Car Guide video

The report showed that electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles can reduce business fuel costs by 75%, and organisations that operate vehicles with mileage below 80 miles per day could run a pure electric vehicle fleet as their needs would be met by a single overnight charge.

The Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI) was funded by Transport for London and the Department for Transport and delivered by EST in partnership with EDF Energy and Route Monkey. Twenty of the UK’s leading organisations were analysed and given practical advice on how to adapt their fleets to plug-in hybrid vehicles.

The findings were unveiled at City Hall London on 23 January. At the event, Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, announced that the Coalition Government has agreed to provide £280,000 of additional funding to help a further 100 fleets understand where and how ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) could work for them.

Read the full Plugged-in Fleets Initiative report

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