Guide to motoring: Choosing the right fuel

Over the years there has been a debate around petrol versus diesel vehicles, and the best solution for individual companies and their fleets.

Mark HindleBy Mark Hindle, MNH Platinum.

However this debate has evolved even further and is now influenced by several revolutionary industry developments.

The new European emissions legislation, plug-in technologies and hybrid vehicles are redefining the fuel landscape and changing the way fleets think about their fuel policy.

These developments are both positive and exciting – however they do make fleet policy decisions more complicated.

The success of the new developments depends on using the right fuel for the right application, whilst keeping a close eye on the Whole Life Costs.

When deciding your fuel policy, stay technology neutral and consider: the style and type of driving; the mileages covered; whether it’s rural, urban or motorway driving.

Also, it’s worth understanding what the available options are: petrol, diesel, hybrid, plug in hybrid, pure electric and, in the not so distant future, hydrogen fuel cells.

Having all of this information available will allow you to weigh up all of the options available, and help you to identify the best solution for your fleet.

Having your policy in shape now will pay dividends in the short to mid-term as more manufacturers bring plug-in vehicles to the market over the coming months and years.

In addition with emissions and environmental reporting schemes, such as ESOS becoming more prevalent for companies and growing in importance, there could be further benefits to focusing on the most efficient and cleanest vehicle technology. This is just a brief insight into the key issues affecting today’s fleet managers and fleet decision makers.