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Larger fleets are “overwhelmingly leading the way” with the take-up of alternative fuels, according to research conducted by leasing company Arval.

When asked whether they had implemented hybrids, plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles on their fleet, 34% fleet and mobility managers said yes.

However, Arval said there was huge disparity depending on the organisation’s size: 78% of businesses with more than 1,000 employees, compared with 46% by those with 100-999 employees, 22% of 10-99 employees and 5% with fewer than 10 employees.

In total, 25% of organisations are using or plan to use hybrids, 22% plug-in hybrids and 16% electric vehicles, the leasing company added.

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The findings come from the 2019 edition of Arval Mobility Observatory, which covers 3,930 fleets across Europe.

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “The fact that larger organisations are leading the way in the adoption of newer fuel options is unsurprising for a number of reasons. Many have corporate social responsibility targets to meet and a more structured approach to their fleet, so tend to incorporate new developments into their fleet policies as a matter of course in a methodical fashion.”

He added: “Our view is that this is happening simply because these businesses have fewer resources available to take time to understand the advantages of EVs, for example.  Bearing in mind that a substantial part of the company car parc is operated by fleets at the smaller end of the spectrum, it perhaps indicates that special efforts need to be made across the fleet sector to educate them about the benefits of these newer vehicles. The UK fleet sector is probably the most developed in Europe and we do tend to be a pioneer in new areas. The shift to a more diverse energy mix is an important development and the work that is being done here is often subsequently being adopted by Arval in other countries.”