‘Companies have come to realise that not only can they cut costs and improve their reputation by reducing their impact on the environment, they can also seek to diminish the potential future costs from the imposition of regulatory mechanisms, including pollution taxes and higher insurance premiums’, James says. ‘There has been a big increase in the number of companies reporting reduced greenhouse gas emissions, up from 19% to 45% in a year, which suggests business leaders are becoming more aware of the need to market their “green” credentials. Companies that are being proactive now understand that they can gain a competitive advantage over their rivals.’
Greenhous has been supplying dealer services for over a century, and the group consistently ranks in the Motor Trader and Automotive Management Top 20 dealers. The company was one of the UK’s very first Vauxhall dealers, and today includes Nissan, Toyota, Volvo, Renault, Dacia and DAF Trucks in its network of car and commercial dealerships, which stretches across Shropshire and the West Midlands. As well as staying true to the values of its founder Vincent Greenhous, who launched the company in 1912 with a focus on customer service, today the company has a standalone website for its hybrid and pure electric vehicles, which are available from Greenhous dealerships. The vehicles are in stock and ready to go — wherever you are in the UK.
Its system has a portal that allows fleet customers access to their vehicles, from the time of processing the order through to the construction, the progress and the date of delivery, with real-time updates. ‘It’s an immensely powerful and informative tracking tool for the customer’, says James.
The main cost is the lease of the vehicle; the ‘fuel’ costs are markedly reduced and will vary in magnitude depending on the EV or hybrid vehicle chosen. ‘Studies show the CO2 created by charging electric cars compared with that emitted by efficient diesel engine cars for the same distance travelled is markedly reduced’, says James. At present there is zero road tax on these vehicles and, if operating in central London, there’s no congestion charge.
James recognises that corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a great way for companies to reduce their impact on the environment, and therefore also improve business and increase potential customers. Switching to a greener fleet by leasing electric or hybrid vehicles is just the start for companies that want to improve their green credentials; if they also installed solar panels or wind turbines at their base then renewable energy sources could be used to charge the vehicles. On top of that, driving vehicles with low or zero particulate emissions improves the local air quality, so greener cars really would benefit everyone.
For more information on the green fleets available, visit their website.