Fleet operators are calling on national governments to provide a long-term strategy for automotive fuels to help businesses plan future purchases of business cars.
The call comes as companies face uncertainty about the future of diesel, as the European Union and national governments discuss a rapid shift to alternative fuels, despite current policies often incentivising diesel through lower taxes.
Fleets say they face two challenges. Firstly, vehicles represent a substantial long-term investment and fleets need certainty for years to come to avoid making costly mistakes, such as investing in the wrong fuel choice. Secondly, companies want to ensure that they invest in vehicles which will have a predictable and strong residual value when it comes to de-fleeting them.
In a forum on the future of diesel hosted by Fleet Europe, one diesel fleet operator said: “It is clear that the predominant use of diesel in Europe is now an open discussion, whereas in recent years this was a settled argument.
“For my opinion, the question will be whether the European governments will adjust the way they tax diesel vehicles and fuel. Any reversal back to petrol would have to be slow and considered.”
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