August 02, 2022
Owning a fleet of company cars is holding companies back from achieving their sustainability goals. And many are turning to electric company cars as a solution.
Electric cars don’t emit carbon into the atmosphere when driven — which gives businesses a simple way to reduce their team’s impact on the environment when travelling for work.
But investing in a fleet of electric cars comes at a high cost, so it’s worth considering hybrid company cars.
This article reveals the best electric and hybrid company cars, all of which offer an efficient, safe, and comfortable route to work.
Company cars are essential for many businesses. Yet the petrol or diesel models that most companies rely on don’t complement their sustainability goals.
For the 89% of companies who have set building a more sustainable travel policy as a priority, electric company cars can help. And even hybrid company cars will take your fleet in the right direction towards more sustainable business travel.
By moving away from petrol and diesel vehicles, your business stands to benefit from:
Compared with vehicles that run solely on petrol or diesel, hybrid cars emit fewer grams of carbon from the tailpipe per kilometre. In contrast, tailpipe emissions are non-existent for electric vehicles.
The average carbon emissions of newly registered petrol cars stand at 123.4 grams per kilometre. Diesel cars come in slightly lower at 121.5 grams.
As these vehicles age, emissions increase, whereas an electric vehicle’s tailpipe emissions remain at zero.
Hybrid cars are a closer match to petrol and diesel cars than electric models. This could make them a natural next step for your team when moving away from petrol or diesel.
Rather than filling a tank with petrol or diesel, electric vehicles have a battery that needs to be recharged.
Almost all electric vehicles are automatic (there are occasional exceptions to this rule). This means they don’t have a clutch pedal. It may take some getting used to, but all of this makes for a more comfortable driving experience.
There are several types of hybrid vehicles:
These are the most common hybrid vehicles. They have an engine and a battery — which can power the vehicle on their own or together.
The engine is a full hybrid’s primary fuel source, but an electric motor allows it to use fuel more economically. They can run 100% on electricity when driving at low speeds or for short distances.
These are almost the same as full hybrids, but the engine and electric motor never run alone.
Mild hybrids, like full hybrids, can’t be plugged into an electric vehicle charger. Instead, the motor is charged by the engine and regenerative braking (when the energy created by braking is stored).
A plug-in hybrid is the closest you can get to an electric vehicle. The electric batteries are bigger than those found in full and mild hybrids — giving them more electric range. And they can be charged using an external charger.
It’s possible to drive a plug-in hybrid using only electricity — but only for 40–60 kilometres on average.
The greatest benefit of going electric is that your team can travel without producing emissions — letting your company hit its sustainability targets much sooner.
When comparing electric cars for company use, it’s important to consider:
The Audi e-tron S and Volkswagen ID.3 Pro are leading electric company cars.
Charging time is a concern for many when it comes to electric cars. But the Audi e-tron S offers a fast charging time of 26 minutes.
A host of features will keep your team safe on the road:
A large range of 350 kilometres sees that your team can get to and from long-distance meetings on a single charge.
The safety features make the ID.3 Pro an excellent option for business travel, especially if your team travels for long periods:
Company vans make transporting cargo a simple task. And the Volkswagen e-Crafter is an environmentally-friendly option.
You’ll need to consider everything you would with an electric car (range and charging time) but with the addition of loading space.
Many built-in safety features keep drivers, passengers, and cargo safe:
The best electric company cars are often more expensive than hybrid alternatives. And while hybrids still produce emissions, it’s significantly lower than full petrol or diesel cars.
Toyota makes the leading hybrid company cars. Their Yaris, C-HR, and Corolla are full hybrids designed for urban travel — making them ideal for company use within cities.
The Toyota Yaris has the lowest emissions of the best hybrid company cars compared in this article.
The Toyota Yaris’ safety features include:
The Toyota C-HR stands out as you drive around the city. If you’re looking to make an impression on a potential client, this is the hybrid for your business.
To keep drivers and passengers safe, the Toyota C-HR:
Designed for comfortable travel within a city, the Toyota Corolla is ideal for trips to client offices or meeting customers out for lunch.
The Corolla shares many safety features with the C-HR range:
Turning to electric or hybrid company cars adds to your company’s green credentials. But transforming your fleet of company cars comes at a cost.
As well as the upfront costs (which remain high for electric vehicles), there are plenty of additional expenses too:
And if you’re providing your team with electric company cars, you should install charging options at the workplace — increasing costs further.
Some businesses give their team a car allowance as an alternative to a company car. This allows employees to use their personal vehicles for business travel. But as fuel costs continue to rise, requests will soon come in from employees needing an increase in their allowance.
The same goes for company fuel cards. While they may entitle companies to discounts on fuel, your outgoings can still go up as prices rise.
The dream scenario for your business is to give your team access to a fleet of company cars without any added maintenance, insurance, and running costs. And you can get that with Bolt Business.
Bolt Drive is available to businesses in Tallinn, giving teams access to the best electric and hybrid company cars from €0.09 a minute. This fee covers insurance, maintenance, and fuel.
As a Bolt Business customer, you can allow certain employees or teams to charge Bolt Drive journeys to the company. This saves your team from filling out expense reports for fuel usage.
For employees who don’t have a driving licence (or would rather not drive), there’s the choice of a work ride with one of our approved drivers or hopping on an electric scooter or bike.
Join Bolt Business today to get all the benefits of a fleet without buying.