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Electric and hybrids still not a viable alternative to diesel say van fleet managers - Fleet200 roundtable discussion

Fleet200 November 2017

With air quality high on the political agenda, both at a local and national level, fleet operators discussed the pros and cons of diesel and alternative fuels.

Summary of discussion points:

  • The general consensus among commercial vehicle operators was that they will not change from diesel as there is no viable alternative right now.
  • Operators felt the infrastructure and range for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles is still not good enough.
  • How drivers claim for their electric if they charge at home is still a challenge.
  • The length of time it takes to fully charge a vehicle is an issue if the vehicle needs to be charged during the day.
  • There needs to be an education process in terms of choosing the right vehicle for the right job/location, be it urban or motorway driving. 
  • One of the commercial vehicle fleets had a 100% diesel with no current plans to change. However, they said they would consider petrol if the cost savings were there.
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