One of the UK’s top leasing companies, Vauxhall MasterHire, has taken positive action to encourage customers to switch to clean fuel vehicles by taking away the headache of form-filling.

The company has been awarded a block grant by the TransportAction PowerShift for an Energy Saving Trust to enable its customers to benefit more easily from government funding to support the additional cost of leasing a bi-fuelled vehicle.

The Vauxhall Dualfuel range of cars and vans have all been registered with PowerShift and qualify for the maximum 60 per cent grant towards the additional cost (excluding VAT) of acquiring a Dualfuel vehicle.

"The usual practice is that customers have to complete an Energy Saving Trust grant application form themselves, before ordering a Dualfuel vehicle on contract hire," explained Paul Phillips, head of sales at Vauxhall MasterHire. "With the block grant in place, Vauxhall MasterHire will have completed all the paperwork in advance and the customer simply places an order and automatically receives the vehicle with the grant used to reduce the contract hire rentals."

The ‘block grant’ facility is initially available on a limited number of orders, but is just one of the many services that Vauxhall MasterHire offers to reduce administration for its customers.

Vauxhall MasterHire operates one of the largest fleets of Dualfuel vehicles in the UK. The vehicles are supplied on contract hire agreements to business users across the UK, supplied by the network of local Vauxhall dealers.

To further support customers in the decision-making process, Vauxhall has produced a special stand-alone computer program that will calculate the potential cost savings available to those making the switch from conventional fuels to LPG.

By entering details about the fleet, including the number of vehicles, annual mileages and the cost of fuel in the area, the program will calculate the potential annual savings available by converting to LPG.

Published : 20/06/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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