June 2, 2015, 2:58 pm
Nathaniel Cars has provided a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for use by the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisation’s (BAVO) community car scheme
Nathaniel Cars is supporting a local community group initiative with a free year-long car loan.
We have provided a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for use by the Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisation’s (BAVO) community car scheme. The ground-breaking hybrid vehicle is available to all affiliated voluntary groups and is already being used by the Buddy Buddy Scheme, an armed forces veterans support group.
At the recent launch of the BAVO scheme, First Minister of Wales and Bridgend Assembly Member Carwyn Jones said: ‘I warmly welcome this initiative between Nathaniel Cars and BAVO which I am sure will greatly benefit local community groups and their clients. This is an excellent example of business and voluntary organisations working in harmony for the benefit of the local community.’
Wayne Griffiths, Managing Director of Nathaniel Cars in David Street, Bridgend, added: ‘We are delighted to be able to lend an Outlander PHEV to members of BAVO. These local voluntary groups do so much wonderful work within our community and this is our way of helping these organisations in some way. We are sure that the members will enjoy driving this game-changing and award-winning plug-in hybrid SUV.’
Since its launch last year, the Outlander PHEV has become the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle, with 10,000 sold to the end of March 2015. It scooped Diesel Car’s Best Alternative Fuel Vehicle award as well as Business Car’s Best Green Development gong in its Techie Awards.
Using both electric and petrol power, the Outlander PHEV has an electric range of 32½ miles, emits just 44g of CO2 per kilometre, and boasts an official combined fuel consumption figure of 148 miles per gallon. This means that no vehicle tax is payable and it is exempt from the London congestion charge. It is also eligible for the government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant, and as Benefit In Kind is just five per cent, it represents a virtual pay rise of several thousand pounds a year for company car drivers.
Under the BAVO scheme vehicle users only pay for fuel, so the PHEV also contributes to significant cash savings for the voluntary groups involved.
Paul Mathias from veterans welfare support group The Buddy Buddy Scheme said: ‘The car gets us in to the community to help veterans on a one-to-one basis. We would like to thank both BAVO and Nathaniel Cars for starting this scheme.
‘I drive all over the borough meeting up with veterans and their families and with the cost of fuel this usually proves very expensive. Using the PHEV over the last few weeks has helped me save a great amount of money. The PHEV is really good, the performance and comfort is second to none, it’s amazing! I can’t thank Nathaniel Cars enough for their generosity.’
BAVO’s Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Bennett added: ‘We are really excited by this scheme and are very grateful to Nathanial Cars for their generosity and support of local voluntary groups by offering this vehicle for community usage. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to offer members an additional benefit and I know it is going to make a difference to them and their service users.’
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