RECENT research by the Arval Mobility Observatory Barometer shows businesses are actively pushing an environmental agenda by encouraging their employees to adopt alternatively fuelled vehicles such as EVs and PHEVs.
You could be forgiven for making the assumption that employees are asking for ‘greener’ cars, but the findings from the 2021 survey show the opposite is true. Lowering the environmental impact (56 percent) was cited as the main reason for businesses turning their fleets green. At the other end of the scale coming in at 29 percent was responding to employee requests.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said the subject that the fleet industry has for some years described as ‘alternative fuels’ is now dominated, almost to the exclusion of other options, by the topic of electrification.
“In that light, this question is largely about the move to battery electric vehicles and the main takeaway from these findings is that this trend is being driven by a wide range of factors. Across all nine possible responses, there was reasonable support for every option.
“We believe that this is an accurate reflection of the motives of fleets at this point in time. They are planning to move rapidly towards electrification because of the environment, low taxation, competitive whole life costs, corporate image and operational considerations, and all of these reasons are sound.
“This is why fleet adoption of BEVs is now happening very, very quickly. The number of factors that strongly supports their use as company cars and vans is resulting in considerable momentum.”