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Company cars more fuel-efficient than ever

Date: 26/03/2014 13:41:05
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: David Howells

Emissions figures for company cars have reached a record low, according to new statistics from ALD Automotive.

During February 2014, carbon emissions for new company cars reached 120.4g/km - 4.8g/km lower than the previous record set at the end of 2013, motortradenews.com reports.

These figures not only show an average decline in carbon emissions for company cars, but also puts the total lower than Britain's car market at large - where the figure is nearer 128.3g/km.

ALD's research - which involved monitoring efficiency volumes for some 97,000 vehicles - found that average emissions had dropped by 27 per cent during the past decade. The UK average for domestic vehicles, however, has seen a decline of 25 per cent over the same period.

It was also found that 78 per cent of company cars today are diesel powered, with 21 per cent petrol and one per cent deemed "alternatives".

ALD also found that average mileage was on the up - by around 800 per year. Back in the first two months of 2013, the annual mileages were at 17,063 but had since grown to 17,893.

Commenting on the results, ALD's managing director, Mel Dawson, told fleetnews.co.uk: "Company car drivers lead the way in reducing carbon emissions; and have significantly reduced their carbon footprint over the past ten years which has resulted in considerable financial savings and environmental benefits.

"Carbon emissions remain a focus for companies. Given the further reductions in carbon emissions it was interesting to see in the data that average annual mileage is actually on the rise - potentially a sign of the improving economic conditions we are experiencing and a trend that we may well see continue through 2014."

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