Solar power specialist EvoEnergy has taken delivery of seven Toyota Auris Hybrid hatchback, with another five expected to follow.
EvoEnergy designs, supplies and installs solar PV systems, and will use the Toyota Auris Hybrids will be used mainly by sale staff and project managers who will use them to make site visits.
"Our aim is to facilitate everyone to benefit from green solar energy and, in line with that objective, we are trying to limit our environmental impact across our business, especially when we go out on the road," says EvoEnergy's CEO, Dr Kevin Hard. "We decided that the Auris Hybrid would provide us with the best mix of size, comfort and efficiency."
With the company's head office located less than 18 miles away from Toyota's Burnaston plant, where the Toyota Auris Hybrids are manufactured, arrangements have been made for EvoEnergy to collect the cars directly from the plant.
Five of the seven initial batch have been signwritten for EvoEnergy, and will be used from the company's head office, with others based in Bristol and Halifax. The vehicles are expected to annually cover an average of 30,000 miles over their three year contract hire period.
The Toyota Auris Hybrid models EvoEnergy have chosen have emissions of 89g/km, meaning there is no road tax to be paid. The official fuel consumption figure is 74mpg and the insurance group is 13E. Benefit in kind rating is 10 per cent, and it qualifies for a 100 per cent corporation tax write-down in the first year.
The models include climate control air conditioning, continuously variable transmission, LED running and rear lights, USB/Aux in-connection, ECO Drive monitor and push-button start.
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