26 Nov 18

EV running costs still poorly known

Fleet Evolution has expressed surprise at the lack of knowledge shown by senior decision-makers regarding the fuel cost efficiency of electric vehicles versus hybrid, petrol and diesel models over 10,000 miles – after using a deck of adapted playing cards displaying the fuel costs of different models as a visual aid.

The fleet management and car benefit specialist used the pack of carefully-produced playing cards displaying different electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel models, to an audience of personnel and fleet decision-makers at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) annual conference and exhibition – and found they were genuinely surprised by the huge differences in the fuel figures. Based on the ‘Higher Lower ‘ card game, delegates were invited to estimate if one model had a higher or lower fuel cost  over 10,000 miles than the model on the next card.

Many struggled to identify whether hybrids were more or less fuel economical than conventional petrol or diesel models, or whether any were more efficient than EVs. Fleet Evolution managing director Andrew Leech, who said around 100 delegates had taken the ‘Higher, Lower’ test, comments:  “It was a bit of an eye-opener for us. Although we had chosen a quite lighthearted way of making the point, the message was a very serious one about the fuel costs of the different categories of cars. And it seems, based on our results, that we still have a long way to go in the EV education progress.”

Authored by: Tim Harrup