As part of our commitment to reducing our impact on the world around us, from spring next year we will be trailing the transfer of our fleet to hybrid vehicles.
Our Operations Director, Richard Frost, and Operations Manager, Graham Bush will be the first Almedians to test this new innovation. After assessing the positive environmental impact of switching our fleet to technology that has strong green credentials, both individuals will be driving the new Toyota Auris hybrid for their day to day business activities. Toyota quote that this responsive hybrid offers a calm, quiet and smooth drive. These elements offer extra value alongside the ethical reason behind choosing this vehicle as a mode of transport.
How do hybrid vehicles work?
Hybrid vehicles use an electric motor in conjunction with a conventional engine to help reduce fuel consumption and cut CO2 omissions. These innovated vehicles use the supplementary electric motor powered by a battery, which is charged by the engine when coasting or under a light load.
What are the positive environmental outcomes?
CO2 omissions for hybrid cars are lower than petrol engines, and are a fantastic way to reduce our impact on the world around us without having to compromise on our day to day activities. The CO2 emissions are significantly reduced; for the standard petrol car there is an approximation of 112 – 125 CO2 emissions per g/km, whereas the hybrid offers 79 – 91 g/km.
The performance of the hybrid model is also far improved to that of the standard model – the 1.8 litre hybrid offers 72.4-80.7 mpg, against 52.3-58.9 mpg for a petrol model.
This is a hugely exciting step and we’re delighted to be true champions of what to us is of incredible importance. Following what will undoubtedly be a successful trail, we will look to transport our whole fleet to vehicles that have a lower impact on our environment.