Corporate use of diesel vehicles is likely to fall over the next five years as businesses increasingly migrate to alternative fuels. Currently European fleets managers indicate that 82% of vehicles are diesel, but this will fall to 79% in five years, according to research among more than 2,300 fleets carried out by leasing giant Arval. The drop is more pronounced in larger companies that employ more than 500 people, where the proportion of diesels is expected to drop from 83% to 78%.
More than a quarter of companies say they have at least one alternative fuel type on their fleets, mainly hybrids. In the next three years, 48% say they are considering introducing alternative fuels or expanding their current fleet.
The Netherlands has the greatest proportion of companies that have implemented or are considering alternative fuels, where 70% of firms have taken action, encouraged by extensive government incentives. The UK (64%), Switzerland (58%), France (56%) and Luxembourg (54%) also lead the way with more than half of companies introducing new fuels or considering a switch. The Czech Republic has the lowest proportion with 22% of companies.
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