October 11, 2013
Posted by Jason Heard, general sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Honda received high marks in a report released by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a United Kingdom-based non-profit that analyzes company influence on climate change. The CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report also named Honda as one of the world’s 12 most advanced companies.
Read the report.
(Photo Credit: Honda)
According to a Honda press release, “For the third consecutive year, Honda was listed as one of only 60 companies in the CDP’s ‘Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index’ (CDLI), which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of disclosures related to global climate change. Honda was also named as one of only 56 companies in the ‘Carbon Performance Leadership Index’ (CPLI), which features the world’s most advanced companies in the area of actual performance in initiatives to address climate change,” the company reported.
Honda has been working toward fulfilling its vision of a “Sustainable Society Where People Can Enjoy Life” by progressing its environmental initiatives in six global regions. In addition, the company became the world’s first company to disclose all Scope 33 GHG emissions and remains proactive in being open about its impact on the environment.
Check out the full Honda press release here.
June 17, 2011
Posted By Valerie Jennings
Thank you David Day, editor and chief of Thinking Bigger Business Magazine, for publishing the article Frank Ancona Honda wrote regarding hybrids for small businesses. I really appreciate your support in getting the word out about greening the environment!
Here is the article — ECO-NOMICS OF GOING GREEN
by Jason Heard, sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda
Many companies are looking for ways to be more sustainable and save money. As gas prices climb, now is a great time for small businesses to consider eco-friendly hybrid vehicles.
According to livestrong.com, driving a hybrid can save up to 50 percent of the cost of a standard car, a potential savings of nearly $1,000 a year. There also is a lot less wear on the engine, as the car switches between motors and the one resting can cool down. Both in fuel and maintenance costs, buying hybrids can lower the economic impact of your company’s vehicle costs.
Fleets of Hybrids
Hybrids are a clear choice when it comes to fuel conservation. Hybrid cars have both an engine and an electric motor, which conserve fuel. Hybrids cut fuel usage by more than half, while producing lower levels of toxic exhaust fumes. A recent Kelly Blue Book survey found that 35 percent of buyers have changed their minds about the vehicle they would buy because of gas prices. And, 15 percent of people said they are looking to buy a new car to save money on gas.
Hybrids aren’t just the right choice for individual buyers. Businesses can gain the same benefits when buying company vehicles. A study conducted in September 2010 by Pike Research confirmed that fleet operators are finding that hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) can help cut fuel costs and meet emissions-reduction targets.
The United States is expected to be the largest fleet market for light-duty HEVs through 2015, with vehicle sales of 233,454 vehicles, an 8.1 percent compound annual growth rate from 2010. Global HEV fleet sales will reach 740,704 vehicles in 2015, representing nearly 4 percent of global LD vehicle sales.
A key finding by Pike Research shows that commercial and government fleet managers can improve fuel economy between five percent and 40 percent, as well as lower emissions 10 percent to 50 percent below comparable vehicles with internal combustion engines.
Types of Hybrids
Before choosing a hybrid for your small business, be knowledgeable about the different types:
Full hybrids can run on either just the gasoline engine or just the electric motor, but also can run on a combination of both.
Assist hybrids also are called power hybrids and cannot run on the electric motor alone.
Mild hybrids have starter motors that allow drivers to turn off the engine to save gas.
No matter the type of hybrid, one thing is certain: there is always savings.
The average driver saves $3,750 per year by buying a hybrid, and the average fuel efficiency of new vehicles by 2020 will be 40 MPG. Companies with multiple vehicles would see their savings multiply—along with the environmental impact—with each hybrid in service.
When it’s time to replace your company vehicles, consider whether a hybrid is the right choice for the environment and for your bottom line.
Jason Heard is the sales manager at Frank Ancona Honda, located at 1000 North Rogers Road, Olathe Founded in 1961, the dealership is a family-owned business celebrating its 50-year anniversary. (913) 782-3636 // www.frankanconahonda.com // www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Ancona-Honda/371471708177 // Twitter: @anconahonda // www.drivegreencarsblog.com
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