The UN’s recent IPCC report stated ‘human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways.’
Whilst the importance of caring for the environment has long been known, the increasing urgency is concerning. It’s up to everyone to do their part if we are to create a more sustainable future.
Luckily, there is plenty we can do, at home and at work. An increasingly popular one is owning and driving an electric or hybrid car. Last year, the UK government announced plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
In this article we’ll look at what benefits can come from more people driving electric or hybrid. Plus, the benefits for your company and employees.
We’ll also look at the car scheme that can make achieving all these benefits easier for all involved!
The benefits of driving electric
One of the primary benefits of driving an electric car is that they have zero carbon emissions in comparison to petrol and diesel. Due to the renewable fuel choices such as wind, solar or even hydro, electric cars are also more sustainable!
Benefits for employees
Whilst the environment benefitting is great, it doesn’t stop there. Your employees can benefit from driving electric cars, including the fact that it’s easier than ever before.
Now that electric cars are becoming more popular amongst the general public, charging points are starting to be implemented around the country in petrol stations and public car parks.
Home charging kits are also now available at affordable prices, making electric cars more convenient to charge than it is to fill a car with fuel. As mentioned above, renewable sources also give you flexible charging options.
As much as driving safely from one place to another is important, enjoying your ride is key too. It’s been said that electric cars offer a better driving experience than gas vehicles. They’re quieter, smoother to drive and have a low centre of gravity for improved handling.
Electric vehicles pass the same safety tests as petrol or diesel cars and typically score higher in crash test ratings than gas-powered vehicles. They are also less likely to catch or cause fire than gas cars as they don’t use inflammable products.
An issue that electric car owners used to have was the low range. However, “range anxiety” is becoming less of an issue because of advancing battery technology and the range of electric cars available increasing each year.
Electric cars also tend to be low maintenance due to less moving parts and no need for regular filter and oil changes.
The Car Scheme
Now that we’ve gone through the benefits of being more environmentally friendly as a company, we want to give you a great way to implement it.
At Caboodle Technology, we provide the Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme as part of our wide range of employee benefits. Here we’ll go through the benefits of the car scheme for you and your employees, giving you a well-rounded idea of the environmental and further benefits for you and your employees.
Benefits for employees
The biggest benefit of the scheme is the flexibility that it offers employees.
Discounted brand-new cars delivered to their door means that employees can carry on with their day and get their car delivered at a time that is convenient.
Additional named drivers and younger drivers can be added onto their scheme, making it go further for them and their family. This could potentially have environmental benefits too if they choose electric or hybrid cars, meaning the whole family can reduce their carbon output.
Another benefit for employees and the environment is the support with the upkeep of the car that comes with the scheme. Servicing, maintenance, repairs, tyres, European breakdown cover, vehicle tax and fully comprehensible insurance (including business use) are all included meaning any potential issues with the car that could increase emissions can be sorted quickly.
Finally, having the scheme information and ordering system on a dedicated platform means employees can easily look through all their options.
Benefits for employers
Now we’ve discussed the benefits for employees, we’ll go through the perks for you as the employer and the business.
First off, as employees are sacrificing a small amount of their monthly salary, your company will pay less national insurance.
Adding a green fleet can help to increase your environmental efforts alongside other changes like re-usable cups being available in kitchen areas and using less resources.
As many of your employees will drive, the uptake of the scheme is likely to be high. Your employees knowing that you want to make things easier for them and be environmentally friendly will increase their engagement and satisfaction in working for your company. This will likely increase or maintain your overall employee retention levels.
Finally, as maintenance and breakdown cover of the car is included with the scheme, employees will need less time off for car problems and trips to get them fixed.
We hope this article has helped you to understand more about the benefits of the car scheme on both your company and the environment.
Find out more about our Car Scheme here or get in touch with us to discuss how the scheme could work as part of your employee benefits package.