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Shaun Sadlier's blog - 10 August: The end of an era?

Date: 10 August 2016

Diesel has been the dominant fuel in the UK for many years, and with good reason. It can deliver strong fuel economy, low stated CO2 levels and taxation advantages. For these reasons, it will continue to play an important role for business drivers, but there's no doubt that we are in a period of change.

Anecdotal and research-based feedback is showing us that businesses are switching from diesel models to newer technologies. There are a range of factors at play here, a key one being the availability of viable new cars and drivetrains, especially plug-in hybrids.

With more hybrids on the roads, awareness is growing, as is the understanding of the best ways to utilise these vehicles. This means that more businesses are adding them to their company car choice lists and drivers are choosing them because they can see the tax benefits as well as potential savings in fuel costs.

We really shouldn't be surprised that with the introduction of more efficient petrol models and the emergence of new vehicle technologies, some businesses and their drivers are moving away from diesel.

Of course this is not the end of diesel - for many drivers an efficient diesel will continue to provide a practical, efficient and cost effective choice. It's all about matching the vehicle to the requirements of the business and the driver.

However, these are very exciting times and we are regularly working with a whole range of fleets to examine in which circumstances alternative fuels effectively meet their needs, and in many cases, it's a good option for them to take.