There is no shying away from the world’s need to become less reliant on fossil fuels, and zero emissions cars are one way of making a big difference.
Defined as a vehicle that emits no tailpipe pollutants from the onboard source of power, zero emissions is supported by less damaging sources of power such as electricity, hydrogen and nuclear.
While we are a long way off making hydrogen and nuclear a mass-market power source for vehicles, hybrid technology has helped manufacturers produce new cars that are able to combine electricity and petrol power.
To support the proliferation of hybrid power, as we move towards the desired zero emissions level, major investment is going into charging infrastructure. As well as making charging ports more widely available, technology is also driving down the time it takes to produce a full charge.
Recent research found that new registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to around 105,000 by the end of June 2017. This has been supported to a certain extent by the tax breaks on offer and the increasing affordability of these vehicles.
Businesses interested in hybrid technology have a variety of options, but the challenge comes with making sure the charging infrastructure is place to support the kind of activity the company does.
The appeal of integrating hybrid technology into a business fleet at this stage lies in driving down fuel costs and being in a positive to be reactive when improved technology – moving towards zero emissions – is launched.
For small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) engaged with lots of short journeys, hybrid technology – and ultimately zero emissions – should be of great interest.