11 June 2012

Fleet selection is aiding companies to go green as both corporate and government fleets place more importance on lowering CO2 levels of vehicles by including it as a criterion in their purchasing process. New “green” car technology means corporates can reinforce company policies and priorities by moving towards hybrids, diesels or smaller cars when deciding on their fleet.

Many customers have asked to use sustainable cars such as hybrids which can be due to their own internal policies of either becoming more environmentally conscious or to foster a specific corporate image, or even a combination of both of these.

Globally, there is more interest in electrical vehicles, although in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand, it will be a decade before electric vehicles are widely available – or widely driven. This is partly because the necessary infrastructure which includes recharge stations for electric car batteries is not yet widely available.

The large uptake when hybrid cars were first introduced was closely related to the technology’s association with sustainability. While the initial cost is more expensive than typical petrol-driven models, hybrid running costs are lower. 

sgfleet New Zealand general manager Geoff Tipene says "that there are other options are available for clients wanting vehicles with lower CO2 emission levels, such as diesel technology. While the technology of the hybrid is brilliant, it’s not necessarily the final answer when it comes to environmental concerns or decreasing running costs".

Diesel-fuelled vehicles can be just as efficient as hybrids when it comes to CO2 emissions and fuel economy. There has been a growth in the area over the past four to five years and family-style diesel vehicles are now available in both New Zealand and Australia. This gives an alternative to the hybrid type buyer and 9 times out of 10 the diesel model can be bought a little bit more cheaply.

Many vehicle manufacturers, including Skoda, believe that diesel engines have come a long way over recent years and that they now offer excellent fuel economy, high torque and lower CO2 levels than their petrol alternatives. But this opinion is not shared by Honda who do not imagine the increased interest in diesel will continue and believe that making a diesel-powered car is much more expensive. The fundamental belief of Honda Motor Company is that Honda does not sell diesel engines.

The other option that companies are considering when making their fleet selection is to down-size their petrol engines. People are choosing smaller and more fuel efficient cars than before which have been aided by the availability of low capacity engines with a relatively high output that still provide excellent fuel economy. This is achieved by turbo-charging a small capacity engine that can then deliver a driving experience similar to a larger engine with transmission technology also playing a part with the lowering of fuel consumption and associated CO2 outputs.

The increase in the popularity of smaller vehicles can be attributed to companies wanting lower CO2 emissions as well as the increased challenges in business budgeting, global financial uncertainties and rising fuel prices.

There are many other ways to reduce fleet costs, whatever the fleet size and sgfleet can tailor a solution that is cost effective while contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gases. sgfleet offers customers options that are more effective than buying and managing their own fleet and will enable them to create a fleet of vehicles that is within their own environmental policy guidelines.

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