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Asda makes electric company car switch

The change, which will affect over 600 vehicles, is set to save over 2,411 tonnes of CO2 over the next four years, the equivalent of more than six million miles in a petrol car

Asda has switched the entirety of its company car fleet to electric vehicles, becoming the first British supermarket group to do so.

The change, which will affect over 600 vehicles, is set to save over 2,411 tonnes of CO2 over the next four years, the equivalent of more than six million miles in a petrol car.

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Some 85% of Asda employees who opted for a company car as part of their benefits package over the last year chose an electric vehicle, leading to the switch.

Asda will phase out its petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025, ahead of the Government’s 2030 ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.

Simon Bell, senior manager at Asda’s reward team, said: “Reducing our carbon footprint is extremely important to us and our customers so we are always looking at ways in which we can make a difference and be a more sustainable business.

“We are delighted by the enthusiastic uptake in electric cars by our colleagues over the past few years and it is a win win, as they are helping the environment as well as reducing their own motoring costs.”

The announcement follows Asda’s recently reported 16% year-on-year reduction in the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions it produced.

Jon Smith, relationship director at Zenith, who supported the move, added: “Transitioning the fleet to BEVs creates a significant carbon saving for the business, which supports Asda’s sustainability agenda and gives colleagues access to a wide range of BEVs that provide the latest technology and cost-effective motoring.”

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