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Green Vehicles: for today, tomorrow and the future

Fresh thinking for 'greener' driving

In the last few years the number of plug-in hybrid (PHEV), Hybrid Electric (HEV), and Electric Vehicles (EV) has increased with over 50 alternative fuel vehicles available in the UK market with more on the horizon as manufacturers make a real commitment to developing alternative fuel technologies. Electric car leasing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for consumers and businesses alike. Improvements in battery technology, longer ranges and a growing network of public charge points mean that leasing an electric vehicle is more practical than ever before. EVs produce no tail-pipe emissions, aren’t subject to congestion charges and come with low running costs. When combined with Arval's EV offers, there’s even more reason to consider an electric car lease.

 

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Why choose a green vehicle and why choose Arval?

Click on the different fuel types below to learn more

WHY CHOOSE AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

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  • Zero tail-pipe emissions - Ideal for use in urban areas where air quality is a problem and legislation may encourage the use of low-emissions vehicles.
  • Low cost of operation - EVs may have a higher purchase price but can be cheaper in terms of maintenance and recharging an EV costs a fraction of the cost of fuel.
  • Sustainability -  Using EVs could play a significant part in your corporate social responsibility programme.
  • Lower Taxation - Because the UK vehicle taxation system is based on CO2 emissions, EVs enjoy significantly lower taxation and annual road fund licence.
  • Easy charging - Most EVs are charged overnight by their drivers. A mains socket can be used but a dedicated unit offers faster, safer and more efficient charging. We can also help with the installation of workplace charging.
  • Our partnership with NewMotion means we can offer smart charge points at offices and homes throughout the UK. This is an important consideration as with a fully electric vehicle there is no back up once you have run out of battery. Always be aware of the charge points closest to you.
  • Business drivers leasing electric vehicles have the option to rent a petrol or diesel vehicle for those times when you may need to make long journeys.
  • We’re also offering EV mid-term rentals of three to six months for business drivers, meaning you and your drivers can experience the benefits of an electric car or van first-hand to see whether it suits your needs.

 

Electric Vehicle (EV)

This has no combustion engine and a much bigger battery. This must be charged to use the vehicle. You must plan journeys to ensure they are within the vehicle’s max range or plan routes with charging facilities along the way.

WHY CHOOSE A PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC

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Of the many benefits of running a PHEV, the one that will appeal to traditional fuel users the most, is having the combustion engine alongside the electric motor which can be recharged directly from a dedicated electrical supply. Typically the electric miles range for a PHEV is between 20-40 miles, and will perform best in urban start/stop road conditions. When in electric mode, not only will you be producing zero emissions but you can also recoupe some of the energy that would be lost through braking. It is important to note that the way you operate the vehicle will ultimately determine the range and efficiency of your vehicle. 

  • Choice - The number of manufacturers that now have plug-in hybrid fuel vehicle in their range, is on the increase. Some vary each of their model range with a hybrid version, meaning there will be a hybrid vehicle out there to suit all tastes and budget, in the not so distant future.
  • Tax Incentive - You may be able to take advantage of the tax benefits the government uses to incentivise ultra-low emission vehicles.
  • Low Emissions - Lower emissions means lower road tax. Hybrid cars will produce less harmful emissions than regular fuel types. Lower emission can also get your vehicle exempt from London Congestion Charges, providing your emits no more than 75 g/km of CO2

 

Hybrid Vehicle (HEV) Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
This has a small battery, electric motor and combustion engine. It will travel a few miles on the electric power and then switch back to the combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will recharge the battery. This has a larger battery, electric motor and combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will help recharge the battery like an HEV. However, you will need to plug in this vehicle to fully recharge the battery to deliver the benefits of the electric range.

 

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How do they work?

Let us explain how all the latest alternative fuel technologies work, to help you make the right vehicle choice.

Full Electric

Put simply, it is a vehicle that is powered by an electric motor, which is charged using household electric. There is no combustion engine, but it does have a large battery which must be charged to use the vehicle. You must plan journeys to ensure they are within the vehicle's max range or plan routes with charging facilities along the way. 

Example Vehicle: Nissan Leaf

Power: 150 bhp

CO2: 0 g/km

Range: 253 miles*

Charge Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

*Range dependent on model chosen, battery condition, route and environment, and driving style.

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Range Extender

Although it has a small internal combustion engine, this never powers the wheels of the car. Instead it is used to generate electricity to charge the battery. A range extender can give you up to 125 miles of pure electric driving, with emissions as low as 20 g/km. The BMW i3 is the most popular vehicle of this type.

Example Vehicle: BMW i3

Power: 170 bhp

CO2: 0 g/km

Range*: 153 miles

Charge Time (fast charge): 4 hours

*Range dependent on model chosen, battery condition, route and environment, and driving style.

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle

This has a larger battery, electric motor and combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will help recharge the battery like an HEV. However, you will need to plug in this vehicle to fully recharge the battery to deliver the benefits of the electric range. Some examples of this type of hybrid are theVolkswagen GTE, Volvo V60, BMW 2, 3 and 5 Series, Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro.

Example Vehicle: Hyundai Ioniq

Power: 141 bhp

CO2: 79 g/km

Electric Range*: 29 miles

MPG: 52

Charge Time (fast charge): 4-5 hours

*Range dependent on model chosen, battery condition, route and environment, and driving style.

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HYBRID VEHICLE (HEV)

This has a small battery, electric motor and combustion engine. It will travel a few miles on the electric power and then switch back to the combustion engine. A combination of the engine and regenerative braking will recharge the batteries. The Toyota and Lexus brands provide the most choice of Plug-in and hybrid vehicles.

Example Vehicle: Toyota Prius 1.8 VVTi Active 5dr CVT

Power: 120 bhp

CO2: 78 g/km

Electric Range*: 12 miles

MPG: 83.1

Charge Time (fast charge): 2 hours

*Range dependent on model chosen, battery condition, route and environment, and driving style.

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