Electric Cars / Salary Sacrifice

Tusker’s car tailpipe emissions plunge as EV orders soar

  • Tusker’s tailpipe emissions have nosedived since 2021, while its EV delivery numbers have increased by more than 450% over the same period.
  • The carbon emissions from petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles have plummeted from 36,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2018, to just 6,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2023.
  • 65% of Tusker’s fleet emissions now come from EV charging, which Tusker calculates using a ‘worst case scenario’ figure which assumes no use of green energy tariffs.

Carbon Offsetting with Tusker

Since 2013, all emissions whether tailpipe or charging having been fully offset, however the profile of these emissions has changed dramatically in the last five years.

Tusker’s overall fleet emissions have fallen by 12,323 tonnes of CO2 since 2018, and have arguably fallen further still, as not only does more than 50% of the UK’s energy now come from zero-carbon sources, but it’s estimated that a further 30% of EV drivers now power their vehicles using home-solar charging*.

Tusker has offset the carbon emissions of its vehicle fleet across the lifetime of each contract, based on CO2 emissions, projected annual mileage and contract length since 2013.

From 2022 onwards, Tusker expanded its carbon offsetting to include the emissions produced through the charging of its EVs, which is calculated using UK grid averages. By using the ‘worst case scenario’ emissions in these calculations, Tusker has ensured that it offsets appropriately for all EV customers and not just those on green energy tariffs. In addition, Tusker retrospectively offset all of the charging emissions of the EV’s which had been driven on Tusker agreements up to that date.

In order to ensure the accuracy of its calculations and the efficacy of its offsetting, Tusker has worked closely with Carbon Footprint Ltd (a leading carbon consultancy business) using verified carbon offsetting programs to ensure that its actions have made a verifiable difference to the environment. Tusker is now focused on UK tree planting projects, paired to a project in Brazil to capture methane, and a wind-farm project in India which will further reduce the world’s reliance on fossil-fuels.

Paul Gilshan, Tusker CEO, commented:

“As the originator of the salary sacrifice car benefit scheme, and a champion of EVs for many years, it is great to see the vast change in emissions on both our customer fleet and that of our own colleagues. The company has offset nearly 24,000 tonnes of CO2 this year alone, but as our order bank for the year ahead looks set to increase the number of EVs on our fleet versus petrol and diesel vehicles, we are set to see our overall emissions continue to drop month-on-month.”

*Source: a national survey of 4000 EV drivers carried out by ZapMap, April 2023

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