Fleet managers need to ensure they are on top of how to manage petrol and diesel costs in light of more diverse fuel mix comes into force.

According to fleet management company Arval, while companies will be taking on large numbers of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, petrol and diesel will “remain likely to form the majority for the immediate future.”

“It is important there is recognition that, for the next few years at least, petrol and diesel power will continue to form the core of most fleets, especially if you include hybrids and PHEVs in that total,” said Janet Eastwood, project manager for fuel at Arval. “For most organisations, good fuel management in terms of controlling costs and minimising environmental impact will include continuing to work hard to reduce petrol and diesel use. This should remain a priority as we move to a more diverse fuel mix.”

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According to Eastwood, the basics of good fuel best practice has not changed for many years, are well-proven, and centred around fleet-wide fuel card adoption.

“Without a fuel card, getting a grip on your petrol and diesel expenditure is very difficult. What a fuel card provides is purchasing control plus solid and accessible reporting about the amount of fuel being used, who is using it and where it is being bought. In addition, it allows easy VAT reclaiming and delivers massively reduced administration and paperwork,” she added. “The kinds of real world data a fuel card provides means that you can examine your fuel spend from a high level view such as looking at petrol and diesel use across your entire fleet, through to details at a more granular level of the fuel usage of individual drivers and vehicles.”

She concluded: “With this information, you can then make decisions that potentially affect everything from the cars and vans that you buy through to the on-road driving styles behaviour of individual drivers and potential mechanical issues with particular vehicles.”