INTELLIGENT Car Leasing is renewing its partnership with Celtic FC for a further two years it’s been announced today (25 August 2021). But this time the broker’s support comes with a greener hue to add extra depth to the famous green and white hoops of the club’s colours.
The Glasgow-based vehicle leasing broker will help the Celtic Park stadium significantly reduce its emissions, thanks to the supply of over 40 new cars. These include 10 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles for the club’s administration staff to help kick-start their journey to a greener fleet.
Japanese star attacker, Kyogo Furuhashi, is pictured above announcing the Intelligent Car Leasing support – which now stretches back seven years – alongside one of the Nissan Leaf zero emission cars being supplied to the club as part of the sponsorship agreement.
Assistance for Celtic FC Foundation is also included, the leasing broker pledging to support the charity with £10 for every vehicle it puts on the road throughout the sponsorship period.
Announcing the agreement, Martin Brown, chair of Intelligent Car Leasing, said:
We are delighted to continue our long term partnership with Celtic Football Club and assist the club in reducing its carbon footprint. As a company we are committed to switching drivers into electric vehicles and helping improve urban air quality in Glasgow, which will host the critical COP26 summit on climate change this November. The 10 zero emission Nissan Leaf vehicles that we have supplied will help in this endeavour, while the charitable side of the club has our full support and aligns with our own company values. We greatly look forward to this continuation of our relationship.
The zero emission Leafs, which are built at Nissan’s Tyne and Wear plant in Sunderland, offer all electric driving with the battery capable of providing up to 239 miles on a full charge.
“I hope the staff enjoy the electric driving experience. We’ve found that once you have switched to an electric vehicle, there is no going back,” added Brown, saying that the company’s own fleet was now emission-free.
Celtic chief executive Dom McKay added:
“On behalf of Celtic I would like to thank Martin and all the staff at Intelligent Car Leasing for their continued support of the Club, it is greatly appreciated. We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship for a number of years and through this new extended deal it is great that we can continue to work together.”
Importantly, our new partnership will have a strong environmental focus, something which the Club fully supports and welcomes as we play our part in this hugely important area. The continued support of Celtic FC Foundation by Intelligent Car Leasing through this deal is also hugely pleasing and will ensure that once again a positive difference is made to the lives of so many.
Intelligent Car Leasing said the deal reflected the increasingly green car choice of customers. Currently 34% of all cars leased during 2021 from the company are plug-in models.
Up to July 2021, plug-in cars have accounted for nearly 15% of registrations according to official data from the SMMT, a figure that is predicted to increase significantly as more electric cars come to market.
Ralph Morton is the leading journalist in the leasing broker sector and editor of Broker News, the website which provides information and news for BVRLA-registered leasing brokers. He also writes extensively on the fleet and leasing market in both the UK and Europe.