Leasing firm Arval has published a white paper addressing the future of diesel cars in fleets.
Entitled Cleaning the air around diesel, the paper aims to address the current, widely-publicised issues surrounding diesel vehicles and their suitability for corporate fleets, as well highlighting altertives.
The company said that, in the short term, “diesel remains instrumental in the reduction of CO2 emissions giving time for manufacturers to make the necessary investment for the production of alternative and affordable vehicles, and for public authorities to develop the required infrastructures.”
It added that diesel currently accounts for two thirds of car and LCV registrations in Europe, but said petrol and hybrid vehicles “also have an important role to play,” while full electric vehicles “can provide a good option in the right circumstances”.
Arval said it was “revising its method of calculating whole-life costs, including new driver segmentation and driving and location models. Arval is also taking into account new alternatives such as vehicle sharing, which are effective additions to the use of the private car.”
“It was important for us to make an inventory of energy uses, while the world is experiencing an unprecedented transition in this area,” said Phillipe Bismut, CEO of Arval.
“This approach is beneficial in supporting our clients towards even more appropriate solutions, but also in bringing a more global reflection on the mobility of tomorrow.”