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2018 hasn’t been the easiest year to be a fleet manager. Fleet insurance quotes have risen owing to the changes in the Ogden Rate and rises in Insurance Premium Tax, the use of diesel vehicles have become more and more problematic with many hailing the death of diesel cars and fuel prices are back on the rise thanks to the fall in Sterling following last year’s Brexit vote. Yes, things are tough out there and with many predicting hikes in fuel duty come the Budget and with the electric fleets still just a nice idea for many, things look set to remain difficult.
Saving money on all aspects of running your fleet – be it saving on fleet insurance cover or saving on fuel costs – has never been more important. And to help you do just that, here’s our 2019 guide to reducing your fleet costs and keeping your vehicles where they belong: on the road.
Diesel is no longer the most popular fuel source for fleet vehicles in the UK. What was an unthinkable idea even a year ago has now become a reality according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which reveal petrol now has 53.2% of the fleet market, up almost 13% on Q1 2017. That diesel has lost its fleet crown is a significant development and one that many environmentalists and advocates of clean air might well welcome.
We’ve heard plenty about electric fleet cars of late, but the idea of electric trucks hasn’t been anything like as well discussed. This is strange given that one of the main drivers behind switching to electric vehicles has been to clean up our air and large trucks – ones around 4 tonnes and above – can emit up to 150 times the pollution of a standard car.
Momentum is gathering behind electric trucks though. Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla is unveiling its electric truck on the 26th October, closer to home companies such as Royal Mail and Ocado have begun trailing electric delivery vehicles. But what are the advantages to electric lorries? And what are the practical issues that need to be overcome to make them viable alternatives to traditional engines? Well, in this latest blog from Getaquoteinsurance, the truck insurance specialists, we’ll look at this in more detail and assess the viability of electric trucks.
Having looked at electric fleets it seemed only logical to look at the other big thing in fleets at the moment, self-driving fleets. Self-driving or autonomous cars have gone from pipedream to reality in an astonishingly short space of time. The first attempts at driverless cars came in the 1920s with radio-controlled versions, but it has only really been since the early 2000s with the US military’s investment in driverless car research and later in 2009 with Google’s unveiling of their first autonomous cars that progress has accelerated.
The latest development has been taxi firm Uber’s launch of a fleet of autonomous taxis in Pittsburgh back in August 2017, something that has been (thus far) a success. With the pubic (slowly) coming to terms with the idea of driverless cars will we soon see driverless fleets plying our roads? And if so, what are the benefits and what are the implications for fleet insurance and fleet insurance providers such as Getaquoteinsurance? Let’s take a look at these issues in turn.
There has been a lot of talk about the electric fleet cars in recent months. This has been fuelled by the government’s decision to ban ‘traditionally’ powered vehicles by 2040, leading manufacturers such as Volvo deciding to build nothing but hybrid and electric cars by 2019 and the introduction of the Tesla 3, arguably the most important car in the world. These announcements have caused great excitement in the fleet world – not least in the insurance sector as the number of fleet insurance quotes for electric vehicles has started to rise.