How can I help reach net zero while I’m commuting to work?

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The Government has committed to hitting carbon neutrality by 2050, but how can you help us reach net zero? For those who are back to commuting to big cities, it may seem impossible to cut down on your carbon footprint. But, not all is lost! We’re here to give you the tools needed to achieve a decarbonised commute!

Eco-friendly ways of commuting

Did you know that, according to the Confederation of British Industry, transport currently accounts for a third of the UK’s carbon emissions? Their data from prior to the pandemic shows that 15% of all trips and 20% of distances being travelled were for commuting. That’s a huge amount of emissions that come from people getting to and from work!

While the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2030, it’s important to consider your emissions however you may travel. That includes those who commute to work via train and bike, but also by plane. Do you ever take overseas work trips or meetings? If so, how friendly are these for our environment?

Thankfully, the Government is investing heavily in all forms of transport. It’s no lie that walking or cycling is by far the greenest option. That’s why the Government is delivering a huge £2 billion to improve the UK’s walking and cycling network.

Despite a lot of UK trains still running on diesel, jumping on the train could be more eco-friendly than driving your car or van to work. If you imagine how many people you can fit on a train compared to in a car or van, you can easily see how getting on the train can help us reach net zero. 

What about those of us who have no other option but to drive to work? Well, we have a couple of solutions. The first is to carshare! This will have a similar impact on the environment as taking the train or bus. If one, or more, of your colleagues live near you, why not consider driving into work together? You could even decide to rotate drivers and vehicles to make sure everyone’s doing their bit.

Driving electric

Of course, our next suggestion would be to consider driving an electric car or van to work. Thanks to support from the Government, it’s pretty clear that electric vehicles are our most viable option at the moment to reach net zero. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to splash out thousands on a brand new electric vehicle! There are plenty of brilliant second hand electric vehicles out there for sale. In fact, our sister-company, EV Sales, has a range of both pure electric cars and vans available here!

Alternatively, you could decide to hire an electric vehicle, instead of buying one outright. There are tons of advantages to hiring an electric vehicle, but the main one is the flexibility and choice. As electric vehicles continue to advance, manufacturers are still designing new concepts and models. 

This is perfect for anyone who likes to drive the latest models or gets bored quickly! When you hire an electric vehicle from EVision, you aren’t tied into any long-term leasing contracts so you can swap your EV when you choose.

We offer rental terms for a day, week, month, or longer. It just depends on what you’re looking for! Don’t forget, when you hire an EV we’ll also cover all of your maintenance and servicing costs.

Hybrid working models

Since the pandemic many workplaces have been switching to hybrid working models. This could involve cutting the commute to the office once or twice a week. Instead, you’ll be able to work as you normally would from the comfort of your home.

While the threat of Covid-19 may have died down slightly, there are still plenty of reasons hybrid working is brilliant. One of them being the impact it has on the environment! Why not suggest hybrid working to your employer and discuss the huge benefits it can have? You could also show them how much damage everyday commuting does to our planet!

EVs available to hire right now!

While we have over 1,000 pure electric cars and vans available, we do have some favourites! Our top two electric cars at the moment are the BMW i3 and Porsche Taycan. The BMW i3 always seems to make it back to the top of our hearts. It’s such a brilliant electric car, and one of the most affordable to run. With a range of 193 miles and rapid charging in 35 minutes, the BMW i3 is a perfect city car!

The Porsche Taycan on the other hand is brilliant for the opposite reasons. It’s stylish and speedy. Possibly not the classic commuter choice, but we can’t think of a better EV to rock up to the office in! The Long Range model can travel 300 miles on a single charge and does 0-60 mph in… 2.8 seconds! How could it not be our favourite.

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Meanwhile, when it comes to electric vans, it has to be Vauxhall! Vauxhall have worked hard to electrify some of Britain’s favourite cars and vans, meaning the switch to electric driving is easier than ever. First up, is the Vauxhall Vivaro-e which is pretty much identical to the diesel Vivaro vans and has a range of 200 miles.

Our second choice would have to be the Vauxhall Combo-e, which is a great option for those looking for a smaller electric van. It can travel roughly 171 miles before needing to be recharged and only takes 30 minutes to fully charge when using a 100kW charger! Even though the Vauxhall Combo-e is a compact van, it is still able to carry a load of 800kg. 

Are these not quite what you’re looking for? No worries! You can view our full range of electric vehicles here, or give us a call on 01634 914 063 for more information. What are you waiting for? Switching to an electric car or van today and help us reach net zero.

* All information correct as of 23/06/2022.

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