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Arval launches powertrain comparison tool

Date: 06 February 2019   |   Author: Sean Keywood

A tool to help choose the right powertrain for company car drivers has been developed by leasing company Arval.

The Driver Powertrain Compatibility tool asks eight questions, from which it calculates a percentage suitability for each of five options - diesel, petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.

The questions asked cover driving cycles, average daily distances, work and business journeys over 150 miles, driving style, towing, vehicle recharging availability and driving holidays.

Arval head of consultancy Shaun Sadlier said: "As we move towards a much wider choice of drivetrain options, we need to develop methods of matching fuel type to driver need. The tool allows us to build up a picture of the driving needs, habits and style of each person and deliver a considered outcome. 

"We see this as a really important way of helping to enable electric vehicle (EV) and hybrid adoption on fleets. Just by spending a few moments answering questions, a fleet can understand what fuel types are potentially suitable for their drivers. 

"This will especially allow us to overcome some of the preconceptions surrounding the newer vehicle drivetrain technologies, such as that EVs are only ever for low mileage drivers, whereas we know they can also be used by higher mileage drivers with appropriate driving patterns."