Leasing Company of the Year
This award will be presented to the leasing company that has made the biggest strides towards environmental considerations in its leasing policies.
Responsible for the fleet management of over 382,000 cars and vans in the UK, Lex Autolease has a history of promoting ultra-low and zero emission vehicles. As early adopters of alternatively fuelled vehicles from niche manufacturers such as Modec and Ashwoods, Lex’s “plug in” fleet has grown from three Nissan Leafs in Q1 2011 to over 10,000 vehicles. Traditionally fuelled cars average CO2 emissions of just 114g/km.
Customers are continuously informed of the latest developments through guides and white papers, training sessions, customer meetings and on site roadshows. Lex recently helped BAE Systems replace a significant proportion of their diesel fleet at Portsmouth Naval Base with electric vans, with telematics helping to determine the number of electric vehicles that could be deployed (48 in total), the optimal number of charge points and the best locations for them. This all enabled BAE Systems to replace nearly 45% of their diesel fleet with pure EVs, with predicted cost savings of £360,000 over the next 2 years. Full charging solutions are offered via charge partner podPOINT.
Tusker was the first to launch a salary sacrifice scheme in the UK back in 2008 after it identified the opportunity from an old tax case. Since then, the company has focussed on salary sacrifice as its core product, with the emphasis on customer services. Average emissions on Tusker’s scheme are just 101g/km. Every car it puts on the road is carbon neutral based on the chosen cars CO2 emissions, mileage and agreement length. Since launching this initiative three years ago, Tusker has offset 107,397 tons of carbon against various Verified Carbon Standard offsetting projects. Based on current fleet size projections of 32,109, by 2018 Tusker expects this to total nearly 200,000 tons. Tusker’s CEO has met with Government officials, Ministers and policy developers over 65 times to provide advice about the future of salary sacrifice car schemes, campaigning for ULEVs to be protected. Its challenge for the future is to ensure continued growth to meet demand, while maintaining its five-star Trustpilot rating and 97% customer satisfaction level.
Over the last 8 years, Grosvenor Leasing has reduced its average CO2 emissions by 25%, and now averages 108 g/km across a fleet of which a quarter of are commercial vehicles. In 2017 Grosvenor launched 0Zone – a standalone service to advise, help and support its customers through the transition of becoming a zero or low emission fleet operator. Following its launch, it quickly became a significant brand within the Grosvenor Group, with a Green Fleet Specialist appointed to head up the service. Close ties were formed with the Energy Saving Trust, with workshops to educate all members of the customer-facing team at Grosvenor about how to help clients move to ULEVs and EVs. The sales, account management and customer services teams are now making it a fundamental part of their activity to talk to fleet operators about their plans for going green. To communicate the green message, Grosvenor launched a newsletter focusing on green issues which goes out to 9,000 large and small fleets. A directors briefing report provides a high level analysis of why ‘now’ its important to change vehicle choice lists and looks at the pace of change. A new online vehicle comparison and selection system for drivers encourages greener choices.
Almost 10 per cent of the 23,109 plug-in grant-eligible cars and vans registered in the first eight months of 2016 are funded by or leased from Alphabet. Last year its electric fleet grew by 385 per cent and in August this year reached a total of 5,085 EVs and PHEVs.
Alphabet’s multi-user AlphaCity CarSharing vehicles will cover more than one million miles, with each car being shared by an average of 27 individual ‘mobility users’ via RFID cards. Improvements to AlphaCity include a zero emission Electric Vehicle version using the BMW i3.
To better serve the 30 per cent of its customers that don’t have a dedicated fleet manager, Alphabet has developed a range of outsourced products and services which enable its customers to focus on their core business while delivering greater flexibility and more efficient mobility for their employees. The company has also gained an Investors in People Silver Award – one of the few to achieve this at the first time of application. Independent surveys recorded a 2.2 per cent increase in overall customer satisfaction and a 2.4 per cent increase in customer loyalty.
Fleetdrive have been delivering added-value fleet management solutions since 1994. In 2011 the Fleetdrive Electric division was established to deliver expertise at the forefront of the market for ULEVs in the fleet sector. Fleetdrive quickly identified that a significant barrier to businesses adopting EV technology is a lack of confidence in the product’s viability. It therefore introduced an EV flexi-lease service which enables organisations to conduct trials, testing and monitoring within practical applications to ensure suitability, without the need to commit beyond a 30-day period.
Fleetdrive has 572 PHEV’s on fleet, representing 29 per cent of the total. As well as generating cost-savings for their clients of well over £500,000 each year in fuel-savings alone, they also result in a combined CO2 reduction of 1132 tonnes p.a. Fleetdrive Electric’s dedication to promoting EVs within the fleet sector has resulted in the successful conversion of companies such as Nestle, Brompton
Bicycles and Gnewt Cargo to becoming serious EV users and an inspiration to others.
The fleet management apps and portals that came out of Leaspeplan’s Digital Transformation programme in 2015 have empowered drivers to manage their own vehicles and provide on-demand insight to fleet decision-makers. This, combined with an enhanced telematics solution, ensures that drivers benefit from a set of tools that can deliver genuine efficiency gains.
Leaseplan’s SwopCar car sharing solution is suited to a community of drivers within an organisation who can use an online reservation system to access a vehicle for a specified period. SwopCar’s smart technology tracks each vehicle, monitoring its fuel level, maintenance and cleanliness, automatically booking and carrying out relevant services. From the fleet manager’s perspective, usage data and other insights can also be tracked and costs can be allocated to departments or even individual employees. SwopCar can therefore not only deliver environmental benefits, but also improvements in employee engagement.
Five per cent of Leaseplan’s fleet are ultra low emssion, but as adoption still presents challenges for customers, Leaseplan has sought to drive down fleet emissions through a number of other measures.
Automotive Leasing has an all-encompassing “green” approach to the leasing of vehicles that also includes driver training, the introduction of a telematics system to influence driver behaviour and even a scheme that allows customers to use electric cars, free, for 6 months.