For as long as most of us can remember, fuel prices have continued to rise while the promise of cheaper and more ecologically-friendly vans and trucks has seemed almost impossible.
It’s always seemed like a great idea on paper, but is it really feasible in the real world of fleet management?
Well, increasingly it seems like it might just be so.
There are now plenty of ways operators have been able to cut their costs on all sorts of overheads, with mainstream price comparison sites like MoneySupermarket also keen to push their offers on things like van insurance (which you can find out more about by visiting this page).
But the emphasis on greener transport that continues to fill the news also has its own knock-on effect for the future of the industry.
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The Energy Saving Trust, for example, has been very active of late in helping to change the way the UK haulage industry is thinking about cheaper, zero-emission vehicles. Just this month, the group announced that it would be working closely with 20 organisations including Boots, Network Rail and WM Morrisons to help develop roadmaps based on the introduction of electrically-powered fleets and how these might lead to “powerful savings”.
Commenting on the development, Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “Electric vehicles are an essential part of the low-carbon revolution … the number of electric vehicles on the market is growing all the time and fleets are already leading the way with adoption of these new technologies. This scheme will make that easier by giving fleet managers the information they need to pick the right vehicle for their business.”
And it isn’t just Government-funded agencies like the Energy Savings Trust that are keen to push innovation in the field of environmentally and economically-friendly fleet solutions. Most manufacturers nowadays are doing everything they can to invest in new technologies that allow fleet operators to boast green credentials.
Renault, for example, now has their 100% electric ZE models that are designed specifically to help businesses lower their overheads and act in a more ecologically responsible manner. The number of publications and groups out there that are also adding specific green awards to their annual honours also seems to suggest that this is a trend which is likely to continue.
While it remains to be seen how the future of fleet management will change, it seems the industry is moving ever closer to being aligned with best practice ideals about low emissions and economy. While this is something that will no doubt trouble the oil industry, it is something many of us will welcome as a new age in transport.