Fleet Dynamic Transition to Zero
Fleet Dynamic’s objective is to work to the new UK Environment Act 2021, prompted by the UK government guidelines, distributed in March 2022 in regard to air contamination to decrease the levels of fine particulate matter of PM”.5 to 10 micrograms per cubic metre.
Fleet Dynamic at present, currently has 50% of our car fleet, which are hybrid or fully electric vehicles. We realise there are currently 60 councils throughout the UK, signed up to the Clean Air Zone.
Fleet Dynamic has a fleet of vehicles, which are all euro 6 complaint, which increases energy efficiency and better fuel economy, which also reduces the CO2 Emissions. Fleet Dynamic use the newest vehicles available to us to make up our fleet on in excess of 1500 vehicles.
Fleet Dynamic, in line with the government’s current Road to Zero strategy, plans to eliminate all gasoline and diesel vehicles from our rental fleet by year 2035.
Fleet Dynamic also offer the following range of hybrid and electric vehicles in our hire range, which also helps us reduce the amount of air pollution your company is putting into the atmosphere.
Practice what you preach!
Fleet Dynamic currently use electric vehicles for our own internal use, see examples below:
- Vehicle Collections – Use an electric nine-seater minibus
- Maintenance support – Use electric vans for local parts collections and onsite servicing in the Greater Manchester area.
- Company Cars – All of our company car drivers, are provided with electric cars and have tried and tested them since 2019.
Our Selection of Electric Vehicles
- Renault Zoe
- VW ID3
- Hyundai Kona
- Kia Niro
- Volvo XC40
- Lexus UX300E
- Jaguar I Pace
Electric Light Commercial Vehicles
- Nissan E-NV200
- Citroen e-Berlingo
- Toyota Proace e
- Mercedes Benz eVito
- Vauxhall Vivaro E SWB
- Ford E-Transit 350 LWB
- Mercedes 9 Seater Tourer Pro
Benefits of Electric Vehicles
- Up to date newest technology
- Reduced BIK tax for your employees
- Reduced Class 1A NIC for the company
- Zero CO2 Output
- No vehicle excess duty
- No payments for Congestion or Clean Air Zones
- Lower fuel costs
- Lower maintenance costs
- Less vehicle downtime
Fleet Dynamic are monitoring developments with the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association) and AFP (Association of Fleet Professionals) in regard to future electric vehicle rental supply.
Fleet Dynamic are continually looking at adding additional manufacturers of electric cars or light commercial vehicles onto our vehicle rental fleet as the new makes and models become readily available in the marketplace.
Electric vehicle charging ranges vary depending on the size of the battery and efficiency of the vehicle and a limited driving range before they require recharging. The difference between petrol and diesel vehicles with refuelling, is that electric vehicles will often take a number of hours to recharge.
In most cases you will see a WLTP figure (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test procedure) given for each vehicle type. WLTP is a test carried out by manufacturers to determine the range of an electric vehicle. This is effectively how efficient the manufacturers claim their electric vehicles are similar to MPG (miles per gallon) figures in traditional cars.
A typical electric vehicle will have a range of 150 – 300 miles on a single charge and will require up to 6 – 10 hours to fully recharge on a domestic house charging unit. The best time to charge and the cheapest would be overnight at the driver’s home address. You are able to charge much quicker using a rapid charge point of 150kw+, which can charge a vehicle to 80% capacity in as little as 30 minutes on the motorway network, but this will give you additional waiting times throughout the day. It is important to select a vehicle with a range suitable for your daily requirements.
When considering the maximum range of a pure electric vehicle, there will be seasonal variations for you to take into consideration. In winter the cold weather will affect the efficiency of the batteries and the heater, air conditioning, windscreen wipers and headlights, will typically be used more often and draw more electricity from the battery.
All of Fleet Dynamic company car drivers, have been provided with full electric cars which they have been using since 2019. We have found that the maximum mileage is approximately 20 – 25 % less than the WLTP figure shown by the manufacturer. If you have an electric light commercial vehicle, with a full payload, this will have a massive impact on the vehicle range.
The public charging point is growing significantly throughout the UK, with chargers now at motorway service stations, petrol stations, public car parks, shops supermarkets etc. Some areas of the UK are better served than others, so it is worth researching the areas you live in or regularly travel to (zap-map.com) is a good source of charge point information, which includes the UK network.
The public charging network is owned / operated by a number of different companies and as such you may need membership for each one or sign up to a fuel card provider that has access to more than one supplier. If you have a membership with a particular fuel card provider they will just produce the electric recharging costs in the same way as you currently pay for your fuel.
It is worth researching , which one operates in the areas you will want to charge and the speed of chargers you require. There are some larger network operators such as Podpoint, Chargemaster, Polar, where you can access charges without needing membership. Using this method, should only be as a last resort, as this would increase the number of vehicle expense claims made by your drivers, which in turn creates another internal management system.
Most electric vehicles have two sockets, one for AC Charging and one for DC Charging.
1) AC Charging can be classified as slow or fast and these chargers can be installed in the home, workplace, and public areas.
2) DC Charging, also known as “Rapid chargers” are bigger dedicated charge points found in some workplaces and public charging areas, for example motorway service stations.
Slow chargers – up to 3kw
Slow chargers are typically home chargers that are best used overnight for charging and charge at 3 to 6kw. This will typically take 8 – 12 hours to charge an electric vehicle to full.
Slow AC Charging is a method of electric vehicle charging with a non-dedicated 3 pin domestic socket. Slow chargers with a traditional plug at one end, charge very slowly (2-3kw). We would not recommend using this type of charger , as 3 pin sockets are not designed for extended periods of charging. It would be better and safer to install a dedicated EV charger at your home or workplace.
Fast chargers – 7 to 22kw
Fast chargers are capable of providing a full charge in 3 – 4 hours, charging at around 7kw and are likely to be found at public charging points up and down the country, and car compatible with nearly all electric cars and vans.
Fast AC Chargers are purpose built dedicated chargers, installed in homes, businesses or public places. These are the main types of chargers Type 2, UK home owners purchase for charging their electric vehicle.
All UK fast chargers have a Type 2 connection and the majority of the UK EV’s and Phevs have type 2 connections. All new electric vehicles are normally supplied with a Type 2 connection cable with each vehicle.
Rapid Chargers – 50kw 50 150kw+
Rapid chargers are the quickest and most powerful chargers, charging at a rate of between 43kw to 300+kw and will only take around 30 – 45 minutes to charge a vehicle to 80%. Not all electric vehicles can handle this much amount of charge, so please refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Rapid DC Chargers (known as CCS chargers) are super-fast chargers, and you will not need your Type 2 cable for Rapid DC chargers as they usually have tethered cables attached to the charging point. These are most used charging types to ensure less downtime for your employees or drivers.
The battery warranty for an electric plug in vehicle are typically 5 - 8 years and 80,000 to 100,000 miles. The warranty will easily exceed the anticipated fleet life of the vehicle. Most manufacturers expect the life expectancy of the battery to be over 10 years and 150,000 miles, so there should be no issues in regard to replacing the vehicles batteries, during your lease period.
Check the manufacturers specifications to determine its towing capacity. If you intend to tow a heavy plant trailer, please check with the vehicle supplier or manufacturer to determine its towing capacity, before placing an order, as pure electric vehicles normally have a lower towing or gross train weight capacity.
Ensure the weight of the trailer and its contents do not exceed the EV’s specified towing capacity, exceeding this limit can put stress on the EV’s drivetrain and affect safety.
Towing a trailer will reduce the range of your EV. The additional weight and aerodynamic drag from the trailer require more energy, which can significantly reduce the mileage range of your vehicle.
Clean Air Zones & ULEZ
Clean Air Zones are areas that target emissions as part of the Governments Clean Air Strategy to improve air quality by discouraging the use of the high polluting vehicles: These are referred to as CAZ’s, which is to address pollution such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, emitted by cars and vans.
Local authorities have been given powers to introduce four types of CAZ and also whether or not to impose charges and penalties on road users who enter them in a non-compliant vehicle.
Most fleet operators will be aware of London’s existing Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) which was introduced in 2008. The Ultra Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ) is an additional area that enforces tougher emission measures introduced in April 2019, that has now been expanded from the 29th August 2023, to cover all London Boroughs.
Driving in a clean air zone
Your company car or van drivers may need to pay to drive in a clean air zone, If your vehicle does not meet the emissions standards.
Click on the link to check if your vehicles are compliant, https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone, for further information.
Whatever you need, whenever you need it. Daily rental from Fleet Dynamic stands for reliability and flexibility.
Fleet Dynamic is a leading provider of vehicle rental solutions, no matter the period we have the rental solution. Our comprehensive rental service includes car hire, small, medium, and large vans for hire.
In addition, we also provide a full range of specialist vehicles including Single cab & Double cab tippers, 7 Seater Welfare units with toilet, 4 x 4 Double cab pickups, 5 - 6 seater crew-vans and 9 seater minibuses.
Every business has different vehicle and fleet hire requirements. Fleet Dynamic can provide pool cars or cars for your employee’s company car requirements, light commercial vehicles for your operatives and minibuses for transporting groups of people.
Using Fleet Dynamic, means that you can avoid the costs associated with managing and maintaining your own fleet. You don’t need to invest in buying the vehicles, spend time searching for the most appropriate makes and models, and if your vehicle requirements change in the near future, you don’t have to worry about depreciation when selling unsuitable vehicles to buy new ones.
Using Fleet Dynamic for car rental to satisfy your pool or business fleet requirements means that you can access well-maintained hybrid and electric vehicles that are replaced regularly with a new vehicle.
This enables you to maintain a professional image while ensuring that travelling and remote employees, including sales, executive, and even members of the operation teams, have access to functional and good quality cars.
Whatever your vehicle requirements, Fleet Dynamic can meet them. As well as offering a selection of vehicles, we also tailor our vehicle rental packages to meet the needs of every individual client. However, many vehicles you need, whatever type you want, and whether your need is short- or long-term, we offer competitive prices that your business can benefit from.
Short term rental enables you to meet one-off requirements, while long-term rental tends to offer lower daily rental rates. Shorter rentals allow you to change vehicles as frequently as you need, in order to meet your business needs but if you don’t see your needs changing in the near future, then longer term rentals are likely to offer the best value for money.
Choose the make and model of van according to the amount of internal space there is, as well as features like fuel consumption. Choosing a smaller van may mean that you save on monthly hire costs, but it could also increase the number of trips you have to make which will increase upkeep and petrol charges and could lead to late deliveries.
Although you can typically enjoy van rental over a 3 to 4 year period, or even opt for daily and weekly rental periods, you should consider your future vehicle requirements.
If you are currently expanding, then you may have need of additional space in the coming months. Preparing for this when you take out your business van rental contract means less hassle in the future.
Minibuses are used for transporting groups of people. You can transport employees to work sites, or you can offer a transport service using these vehicles, as long as you have the right insurance in place.
Choose your minibus hire according to the number of people you will regularly need to transport, and also whether you need to transport any other equipment or items. Minibuses have up to 9, 15 or 17 seats, allowing you to transport much larger groups of people at a time.