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Number of diesels dips dramatically as petrol plugs the gap

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Continuing concerns over the environmental credentials of diesel have led to a marked migration to petrol among leased company car fleets.

Increasing fears over fiscal penalties or even restrictions on older diesels entering some cities are persuading drivers to dump the fuel in favour of petrol company cars – although a marked increase in the uptake of hybrids and pure battery EVs has failed to materialise so far.

The latest FN50 data shows little increased uptake of alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFVs) or EVs but highlight a continuing trend towards petrol company cars.

The swing to petrol may also be a contributory factor to the incremental reduction in CO2 emissions as their higher outputs offset improvements in the latest diesel technology.