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Decision-makers fail to recognise cost benefits of electric cars, says Fleet Evolution

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Fleet decision-makers are failing to recognise the cost benefits of electric cars, says Fleet Evolution.

The fleet management company has produced a deck of playing cards which display the fuel costs of different electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel models.

It used these to ask personnel and fleet decision-makers at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) annual conference to take part in a game of 'higher or lower' to estimate if one model had a higher or lower fuel cost than the model of the next vehicle.

Fleet Evolution said 100 delegates took part in the game and many struggled to identify whether hybrids were more or less economical than conventional petrol or diesel models, or whether any were more efficient that EVs.

Andrew Leech, managing director of Fleet Evolution, said: “It was a bit of an eye-opener for us.

“Although we had chosen a quite lighthearted way of making the point, the message was a very serious one about the fuel costs of the different categories of cars.

“And it seems, based on our results, that we still have a long way to go in the EV education progress.”

Leech said that many quite senior decision-makers expressed real shock that an all-electric Tesla Model S cost just £222 to cover 10,000 miles, compared to £2,357 for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E300 AMG over the same distance.

He added: “There seemed to be genuine surprise amongst delegates that a Hyundai Kona EV cost just £89 for 10,000 miles, while the cost of a petrol Kona model was 18 times higher at  £1,650 over the same 10,000 mile cycle,” he said.



Electric vehicles – cost per 10,000 miles @ 4p per kWh




Fuel cost per 10,000 miles

Hyundai Kona

Hatchback 150kW Premium 64kWh 5dr Auto


Kia Niro

EV Crossover



Smart ForFour

Hatchback 60kW EQ Prime Prem Plus 17kWh 5dr Auto Hybrid Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic 35mpg


BMW 5 Series

Saloon 530e SE 4dr Auto



Mitsubishi Outlander

Estate 2.4 PHEV 4h 5dr Auto – 35mpg


Audi Q7

Estate 3.0 TDI 258 Quattro e-tron 5dr Tip Auto 40mpg





Petrol models  - fuel cost per 10,000 miles @£1.32 per litre




Fuel cost per 10,000 miles

Ford Focus

Hatchback 1.0 EcoBoost 100 Zetec 5dr


DS 3

Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 82 Connected Chic 3dr


Honda Civic

Hatchback1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 EX 5dr


Audi A3

Sportback1.5 TFSI S Line 5dr


Hyundai Kona

Hatchback 1.0T GDi Blue Drive Premium SE 5dr


BMW 5 Series

Saloon 520i SE 4dr Auto


Infiniti Q30

Hatchback 1.6T Luxe 5dr


Audi A7

Sportback 55 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic


Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Coupe E300 AMG Line 2dr 9G-Tronic







Diesel models - fuel cost per 10,000 miles @£1.38 per litre




Fuel cost per 10,000 miles


Hatchback 1.6 TDI SE 5dr DSG


Citroen C4 Cactus

Hatchback 1.5 BlueHDi Feel 5dr


Mini Countryman

Hatchback 2.0 Cooper S D ALL4 5dr Auto


Mini Countryman

Hatchback 2.0 Cooper D 5dr

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