As part of our commitment to being “Green” and “Eco-Friendly”, iceConnect has recently invested in a Toyota Prius to help us get to our customers. The car is classified as a hybrid car which, simply put, operates on both unleaded petrol as well as electric. When you are sitting in slow moving traffic, which most people in London find themselves doing every day, the car’s engine automatically switches itself off and begins to use the battery instead. This means that you are using zero, yes zero fuel when in standstill or slow moving traffic. If you then start accelerating fast and your speed picks up, the car automatically switches back to the petrol engine again.
What makes this car so great for the environment is that it has very little CO2 emissions. It is quoted to be at only 92g/km, which in comparison to something like a BMW 320 at 125g/km, works out very well for the environment. And if like us you spend a lot of time on the road, mostly in traffic, this figure becomes even lower and even more beneficial to the environment.
One question I get asked a lot is “Do you have to plug it in to a power outlet to charge the battery?” Quite simply, no. The car’s battery charges itself using kinetic energy. When the car is moving without you having to press the accelerator or when you are braking, the battery begins to charge itself. No plugging into the mains or any other electric outlet for that matter is required.
I have to be honest and say that it is actually a brilliant car. It’s comfortable, spacious, easy to drive and full of gadgets. After all, we are an IT company so gadgets is our forte. But more importantly, from a business perspective it makes economic sense:
1. The car is 100% tax deductible in the first year as it is hybrid.
2. Free entry into the London Congestion Charge area.
3. Very economical at 70mpg, in practice I get 60mpg.
4. Low insurance group so cheap to run.
5. Fixed price servicing from Toyota so you know what your costs are.
6. Toyota now also offer a 5-year warranty on the car as well as an 8-year warranty on the hybrid system.
7. No road tax to pay on the car as it is a hybrid.
If you are considering on getting a Toyota Prius and want more information on the car you can visit the following link:
Toyota Website > Prius
I know this sounds like I am plugging the car a lot, but we are really excited about it and really think it works great. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of buying a hybrid car.