I read an article from the Environmental Transport Agency (ETA) a few weeks back suggesting that “green” cars are too expensive. The example they used was of a VW Polo 1.4 TDI BlueMotion, a diesel car fitted with advanced filters. The technology benefits the driver with increased fuel efficiency and a lower CO2 output (just 99g/km). However, the report calculates that for Polo owners to re-coup the cost of paying for this version over a standard Polo, they’d have to drive 78,00 Read More >>
Green driving blog posts
If I was a learner driver right now I think I would’ve balked at the end idea of having to endure an additional assessment on my driving test. But if I knew that this assessment could help me save 15% on my fuel costs then I might be a little more enthusiastic. Well according to The ETA, that’s how much fuel newly qualified driver’s stand to save with the Driving Standards Agency introducing a new green assessment to the UK driving test. Thankfully for prospective drivers, the assessment w Read More >>
On the BBC website this week, I saw a story about how, in a climate of rising taxes and high fuel prices, fleet managers and employers are embracing lower emission cars to save costs. Specifically, they are looking for cars that emit less than 160 grammes per kilometre of CO2. Car manufacturers are understandably under pressure to reduce the carbon missions produced by their cars. By having a fleet which is generally less than 7 months old we are seeing the benefit of this as, with every cycle Read More >>
Driven by some really passionate people, Avis has been working hard to reduce it’s impact on the environment for many years now. So we were all disappointed when we did not come out on top in the car rental category in the “Green Travel: Winners and Losers” review in the Telegraph. However, our disappointment was soon gone when we learned that the Telegraph had made a typo. So with the mistake now rectified we are proud they appointed us the joint most green car hire company! Read More >>
I seem to have some budding writers in my team as, in addition to myself and Rob writing on the blog, I now have Simon Wickson who has written a couple of articles to inform and advise customers with business car hire requirements. The first article he wrote entitled “Green Policy – Could your company generate more sales by having a green policy?” is an interesting one. As the title suggests, Simon’s argument for green policy is not so much focused on the “good deed Read More >>
While it has been on the radar for many years now, the Stern Review that was published last year, escalated the issue of climate change high up the political agenda. There will always be sceptics out there but reducing or mitigating the effect our operations have on the environment has always been a priority for Avis ever since we started working with The CarbonNeutral Company 7 years ago. For many customers, reducing the size of their own ‘carbon footprint’ is important to them too Read More >>
Apologies for the delay in responding to your blog comments this week. I’ve only been logging on intermittently as I’ve just got back from a short break in Jersey. We flew from Southampton with Flybe, on a short 25 minute flight, yay! I rented a car from the Avis Licensee in Jersey operated by Falles Car Hire and I have to say they gave me great service. My flight was delayed due to the extra security following the recent events at Glasgow Airport and so I wasn’t at the hotel Read More >>
For those of you who are interested in driving a hybrid, I am delighted to announce that we now have the Toyota Prius available at selected London locations in the UK. The Prius, which works on a mixture of petrol engine and electric motor, is available to book at www.avisprestige.com and has the added advantage of being exempt from the congestion charge! If you would like to know more about some of the new greener cars we have available across Europe then you might be interested to read Rob Read More >>
According to Autocar BMW will not launch a hybrid vehicle unless “it is more economical in the real world than a diesel car”. This follows frustration in the automobile industry that hybrids cars are becoming synonymous with environmentally friendly driving when diesels have often proved to have a better fuel economy. So the search for a cleaner, more environmentally friendly motoring future continues. But perhaps the future now lies with hydrogen fuel cells. Having read the excellen Read More >>
I learnt my lesson about not wasting fuel many years ago. I was driving through Yosemite National Park in California and had my air-conditioning turned right up. I didn’t realise it made the car use more fuel, and nearly ran out of petrol. I almost ended up stranded at the top of a mountain in a thunderstorm! Lights, windscreen wipers, audio systems, air-conditioning and heating all increase your fuel consumption – and CO2 emissions. Most are essential in certain conditions, but there are ot Read More >>
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