York-based Fleet Management Company Autohorn has been awarded ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status and has taken delivery of a BMW i8 – a plug-in hybrid super car.
The ‘Go Ultra Low Company’ status is part of a new government and automotive initiative which recognises UK businesses that are embracing electric vehicles.
The award is in recognition of Autohorn having already opened its vehicle fleets to plug-in cars and vans and making a commitment to boosting their intake over the next five years. It aims to have 100 electric vehicles in their fleet by 2020. It also currently has seven of its own electric charging points in the city, contributing to the further expansion of the network of UK charging stations.
The arrival of the BMW i8 sports car means that Autohorn customers can now enjoy a car which offers a supercar performance whilst still remaining environmentally friendly. The i8 is the first sports car with the consumption and emission values of a compact car thanks to its powerful plug-in hybrid system.
Lee Underwood, Managing Director at Autohorn, said: “These recent developments are part of our ongoing plan to help York become an ultra-low emission city. We are dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint surrounding the city and will continue to advocate and facilitate the use of low emission technology to help to create a healthier environment for the people of York.”
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, added: “We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by Autohorn in offering electric vehicles. Not only can they promote cleaner motoring, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to the variety of models available and their cost-saving potential, this is a realistic and rewarding option for businesses large and small.”
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “It’s great to see a growing number of British fleets going green and I would encourage other businesses to learn from these Go Ultra Low companies and benefit from the huge fuel and tax savings offered by electric vehicles.
“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”