The all-electric BMW i3, along with the Tesla Model S, have both been acclaimed Green Vehicle of the Year at this year's Association of Car Fleet Operations (ACFO) Awards.
The ACFO Awards celebrate vehicles, services and companies that have most impressed the ACFO members, recognising and rewarding the best in the fleet sector. The 2016 event took place on Wednesday 16 November at St Johns Hotel, Solihull.
Sponsored by Prolegal Solicitors, the Green Vehicle of the Year title rewards environmentally-friendly vehicles, and both the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S secured the highest number of votes. BMW was also highly commended in the environmental initiative of the year, further emphasising the emergency of 'green' power in fleet operations.
"The fleet industry continues to evolve and 2016 could be viewed as a watershed year as managers through their votes recognised that electric vehicles have a role to play in their company car operations," said John Pryor, chairman of ACFO. "Significantly, more than half of all new cars are bought by the corporate sector. Therefore, with the Government continually seeking to drive up demand for ultra-low and zero emission cars it is critical that models such as those from our 2016 award winners Tesla and BMW find favour with fleet managers and company car drivers.”
2016 marked the 33rd consecutive year of the prestigious ACFO Awards, which enable both members and non-members to nominate the best cars across seven categories, including: Fleet Service Company of the Year, Environmental Initiative of the Year, Fleet Safety Initiative of the Year, Green Vehicle of the Year, Small Van of the Year, Large Van of the Year, Fleet Car of the Year. Voting by ACFO members, which includes many high profile fleet management companies as well as small independent fleet owners, takes place online.
The BMW i3 is currently available from just £299 per month.