Shaun Sadlier's blog: What does 2019 hold for fleets?
07 December 2018
It's that time when everyone naturally starts to think about the year that is drawing to a close and the one looming ahead. In these blogs, we've already said quite a lot about 2018 and the many interesting challenges that it has held, so rather than look at the year in review, I've jotted down some thoughts on what we believe 2019 will bring.
Overall, we think there are three main areas of interest.
Firstly, as more alternative fuel vehicles make their way onto the market, businesses will develop a better understanding of where these ultra-low emission options are most beneficial. The fleet of the future will be based around a blend of different fuel choices and this could be the year when fleets start to really develop their knowledge of what works best, for who and in what applications.
Secondly, with a growing number of customers looking for flexible vehicle options, we are seeing mobility solutions becoming part of day-to-day corporate transport. Businesses want to be able to access vehicles in the short, medium and long term to meet their goals. This can range across hours, days, weeks, months and years through products like car sharing, short-term rental and mid-term rental - and we expect all of these options to be popular during 2019.
Lastly, at the same time, employers are looking to offer a broader mix of vehicle solutions to their wider employee base, so that it's not just company car drivers they are supporting. A mix of products such as personal lease, salary exchange and car sharing will all form a growing part of flexible benefits packages for employees. This is something that will very much be a trend over the next 12 months.
Shaun Sadlier is head of consultancy at Arval.