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Company car drivers favour alternative fuel vehicles, says CLM

Andy Short of CLM

Research from fleet management company CLM suggests that 60% of company car drivers are more likely to choose an alternative fuel vehicle (AFV), rather than a traditional petrol or electric vehicle, for their next company car.

Survey results factored in the views of more than 1,300 company car drivers.

Andy Short (pictured), CLM commercial director, said: “Senior stakeholders in many organisations are seeking to increase the proportion of AFVs on their fleet for environmental reasons, and company car drivers are keen to take advantage of the tax savings on offer by selecting these vehicles.

“This demand is being supported by improvements in technology, which mean that even pure electric vehicles are becoming a viable option for the majority of drivers’ journey profiles.

“Reductions in delivery times, falling prices and more robust residual values are making AFVs a more compelling option for both employers and employees.

“In fact, more than half of the company car drivers in our survey stated that the key factor influencing the timing of taking an AFV was simply the end of their current vehicle contract.”

The study also suggested that concerns over the availability of charging options was perceived as a key disadvantage when choosing an AFV.

Overall, the consensus from the study was that although AFV availability and delivery times have improved, there are still remaining supply issues that prevent the overall registrations from a drastic increase.

Short concluded: “From an employer’s perspective, list prices for AFVs remain higher than their ICE equivalents and, while residual values have been improving, they are not strong enough to bring headline rentals in line with those of traditional vehicles, particularly with the low levels of manufacturer support currently available.

“This puts pressure on car policies, as fleet decision-makers attempt to improve availability of AFVs within the restrictions of seniority-based monthly rental bands.

“That’s why we’re only seeing plug-in hybrids available on around 60% of choice lists and BEVs on around 40%.”

The Government recently added the incentive of no company car tax on electric vehicles.

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  • john4870 - 11/09/2019 21:26

    I don't understand how company car drivers can make decisions about AFV' when they really know diddly-squat about them. Making choices based on poor knowledge is asking for trouble. And most car salesmen also have no idea what they are selling - it is so disappointing to have a 'salesperson' trying to explain about the car you are about to test-drive when it is apparent that they too are talking complete nonsense! Extended test drives are essential to find out for yourself, what the true situation really is, and how it would fit into your needs - don't trust mis-informed sales-peeps!

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