Vehicle hire and lease firm’s 100th electric car hits the road

York-based vehicle hire and lease specialist, Autohorn Fleet Services, has achieved its target of having 100 pure electric cars in its fleet by 2020 with the recent delivery of a new BMW i3.

A range of hybrid, self-charging and electric vehicles now make up over 25% of its fleet.

Managing director, Lee Underwood, said: “We are delighted to have achieved our target of having 100 electric cars in our fleet by 2020 to cater for the ever-increasing demand of electric vehicles.

“With the quality and range of the electric cars available in our fleet, we have something to suit everyone. We offer customers the opportunity to ‘try before they buy’ and see if going electric suits their mobility needs.

“Electric vehicles are also becoming increasingly popular as company cars as they currently benefit from a zero percent Benefit-in-Kind tax rate and, with several other Government initiatives, they are not only better for the environment, but also better financially.”

City of York councillor and executive member for environment and climate change, Paula Widdowson, said: “I am delighted to see that yet again Yorkshire is leading the way in sustainability.

“Autohorn have shown real commitment to furnish their customers needs and protect the environment by providing an exciting new green fleet.”

With expertise in electric vehicles, Autohorn Fleet Services director, Scott Jenkins, also sits on the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) rental committee.

He has participated in Government led consultations surrounding the future of low emission motoring, as well as providing advice to other companies about how to transition successfully to operating electric vehicles on their fleet.

BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney, said: “BVRLA members are leading the transition to cleaner road transport.

“The association’s 2019 Sustainability Credentials show that 100% of members’ rental cars and 88% of rental vans are Clean Air Zone compliant, well ahead of the average for all UK cars and vans, reaffirming that BVRLA members have the cleanest vehicle fleet on the road.”