Making the right choice for your powertrain policy.
The continuous search for reducing the environmental impact of using vehicles has resulted in a number of different powertrains. All of these have their specific user profiles and usage benefits and limitations. In previous years, with a C02 emission driven taxation policy and car focused fleet management strategy, diesel seemed to be the one size fits all answer in the majority of European fleet markets. Today, however, based on government policies and incentives, improved residual values and increasing fuel costs, alternative powertrains are becoming an attractive part of a sustainable fleet strategy.
In order to successfully do so, a more driver focused approach is necessary considering the mobility patterns of company vehicle drivers. These patterns should be mapped against the typical user profiles for the different powertrains and the related TCO (plus taxes) calculations. Additionally, alternative powertrains require adaptations within the car policy in order to reflect the specialties derived from the new technology.