Adoption of green cars doubling year-on-year

If you are a fleet manager who has been considering adding a few green cars to your company line, you are not alone. New data shows the number of electric vehicles used for business has doubled year-on-year since 2012.

An April 1 report from Germany-based analytics organisation ZSW shows that as of the beginning of 2012, there were more than 100,000 electric cars on the road. This figure increased by 100 per cent to 200,000 in 2013, before climbing to 405,000 recorded this year.

Researchers from ZSW predict that if the current trend continues, there will be more than 1 million electric cars on the road by the beginning of 2016. Interestingly, this tally does not include motorcycles, trucks, buses and the more than 6 million conventional full-hybrid vehicles already in operation.

The ZSW report also revealed the specific vehicle brands winning out on this increasing adoption of green cars. Nissan is the clear electric car provider of choice, with more than 90,000 electric vehicles sold last year. General Motors came next with 60,000 Amperas and Volts sold, followed closely by Toyota with more than 40,000 Prius Plug In Hybrids on the road.

Green cars, including battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and range-extended electric vehicles, are a wise investment for fleet managers hoping to reduce vehicle fuel consumption costs in their business. However, it is important to ensure you are choosing the right car for your company's needs.

Not every electric car is built the same and, while one model could reduce your fleet's costs, another could increase expenses due to high maintenance requirements. It is therefore crucial to do plenty of research before making a green car commitment.

You can easily investigate a vehicle's fuel efficiency and emissions rating by referring to the government's Green Vehicle Guide. Detailed information in the guide helps you rank cars based on the vehicle fuel consumption and the car's impact on the environment.