BRADFORD-based JCT600 VLS has gone a lot greener having been awarded Go Ultra Low status in recognition of how the business is promoting and using Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) in its own company car fleet.
The Go Ultra Low campaign is a government and automotive initiative which recognises businesses that embrace electric vehicles.
Managing director of JCT600 VLS is Paul Walters, who has led the charge to greener cars by switching to a BMW 530e, said:
“ULEVs are the future. We have had several customers approach us in the wake of the Government’s announcement about the banning of diesel or petrol-only powered cars by 2040. In order to be able to give them the best advice, we have to ensure that we are up to speed and using the technology ourselves.”
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JCT600 VLS now includes hybrid or fully electric options for all of its own company car drivers and diesel or petrol-only options will be allowed on a strictly exceptional business need basis.
Walters added: “I would like our whole fleet to be fully ULEV or electric by 2019 although I recognise we have to consider individual business requirements and costs. However, with new ULEV models being launched and improving technology, I am confident that it is a realistic target.”
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said:
“We want to encourage every business in the UK to follow the example set by JCT600 VLS to offer employees the chance to drive or own an electric vehicle. Not only does it demonstrate a commitment to a cleaner automotive future, but there are multiple short- and long-term financial benefits for companies and their employees to enjoy. Thanks to the wide variety of models available and their cost-saving potential, this is a realistic and rewarding option for businesses large and small.”
JCT600 Vehicle Leasing Solutions (VLS) is a stand-alone business within Yorkshire-based motor group JCT600. It operates a fleet of 7,000 vehicles, predominantly serving SMEs, typically with fleets of 5-200 vehicles, supplying all brands of cars, vans and even mini buses throughout the UK from the South East to Scotland. Based at Apperley Bridge, it employs 45 staff.