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New partnership to reduce commuter emissions

A new partnership has been formed to help reduce the environmental impact of commuter emissions.

Electric vehicle (EV) leasing company Octopus Electric Vehicles, a sister company of renewable energy provider Octopus Energy, has partnered with the Liftshare Group – the car sharing network, to help make EV leasing ‘more affordable’ for businesses and individuals.

Octopus EV, who are not tied to a manufacturer, are able to offer employers a range of EVs for use in their business fleets and salary sacrifice schemes, including Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Jaguar, Renault and Volkswagen.

Octopus EV recently launched Electric Dreams – a salary sacrifice scheme for electric cars which can save drivers 30-60% on monthly car costs, according to the company, with Octopus reporting its first clients saving more than £10,000 over a three-year term.

The scheme starts from £250 in net pay reduction and includes insurance, servicing, maintenance, repairs, roadside assistance and recovery, the company said.

Natalia Peralta Silverstone, head of propositions at Octopus Electric Vehicles, said: "Decarbonising commuter emissions is one of the biggest challenges we face, and as millions begin to head back to the office post-lockdown, we have a unique opportunity to permanently shift to more sustainable forms of transport. Partnering with the Liftshare Group was an easy decision.”

As part of the partnership, Octopus EV will also promote Liftshare Group’s Mobilityways platform, which was developed during lockdown to support employers to ‘commute back better’ as they return to the office.

The platform provides a suite of software tools that enables employers to evidence, track, plan and change their commuter emissions.

Liftshare said the platform provides full visibility of commuting challenges and identifies sustainable travel alternatives for employees.

The platform is powered by Average Commuter Emissions Level (ACEL) which Liftshare claims to be the only standardised methodology for benchmarking and comparing commuter emissions.

The platform allows organisations to track their progress and measure the effectiveness of sustainable travel initiatives, said Liftshare.

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