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ULEVs line up for Silverstone Fleet Show

Fleet decision-makers will have the opportunity to evaluate some of the latest Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) at this year’s Fleet Show at Silverstone in May, which is being sponsored by Barclaycard Fuel+ in association with TMC.

The timing is extremely relevant this year as new tax rules governing ULEVs take effect from April. For example, the threshold governing 100% capital allowances on ULEVs is set to fall to 75g/km from April 2015 and remain in place for the next three years.

At the same time, new rules affecting benefit-in-kind taxation of low emission vehicles come into force, with two new tax bands for the first time, at 0-50 g/km and 51-75 g/km of CO2.

The legislative changes make the correct vehicle choice of paramount importance, and the Fleet Show, on Tuesday 12th May, provides fleet decision-makers with the ideal opportunity to test the very latest models.

These are likely to include the Nissan LEAF, the UK's best selling electric vehicle. Also on Show will be the Renault ZOE, currently the most affordable EV on the market.

BMW’s highly acclaimed i range, comprising the i3 electric and i3 range-extender and the plug-in hybrid i8 supercar, will also be at Silverstone.

And with CO2 emissions of just 48g/km, the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid combines a diesel engine and an electric motor to mix strong performance with very low CO2 emissions. Meanwhile at the luxury end of the market, Californian luxury car manufacturer, Tesla, will have its Model S at the show.

Jerry Ramsdale, Show Director and Publisher of Fleet World said: "ULEVs are of increasing importance in today’s extremely emissions-conscious fleet market as part of the mix to help fleets reduce their corporate carbon footprint and meet their social responsibility policies."

This year’s Show has already attracted a record number of vehicle manufacturers, including several who have never participated in the event before, such as Ford Motor Company and the Fiat Group.

They will be displaying the very latest in powertrain developments, including the most recent low-emission, tax-busting conventional ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) advances as well as the newest hybrid and electric technology.

Show visitors will again be able to experience test driving on three circuits of the world-famous Silverstone Grand Prix venue, plus off-road driving on the 4x4 course.

However, the Fleet Show isn't simply about test driving, and a visit to Silverstone provides an appealing mix of education, networking and static displays that guarantee a day out of the office will not be wasted.

Back again by popular demand are the highly successful fleet training sessions first introduced last year, which involve a series of interactive workshops run by practising fleet managers. The 30-minute workshops will tackle key fleet topics and are the perfect forum find out more about the latest issues in fleet management.

Meanwhile, halls 1-3 of the Silverstone Wing will again play host to a wide-ranging fleet exhibition boasting a diverse array of exhibitors. This area will also provide Show visitors with the chance to hold face-to-face meetings and socially interact with exhibitors and other visitors alike.


Peter Thomas

Author:Peter Thomas
Date Updated:17th Mar 2015

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