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The A-Z business fleet guide – F is for Fuel

As part of our Fleet For Growing Businesses hub we’re taking a look through the A-Z of key business fleet terms. Now, we’re taking a look at fuel.
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What makes your vehicle go? When you are choosing your vehicle, you will have a choice of petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric cars. The various factors that affect your choice here include fuel running costs, practicality and annual mileage.

Petrol surely needs no introduction – every knows what petrol fuel is, we’ve all been using it for decades. Petrol cars are usually cheaper than the diesel or hybrid equivalents, and usually a petrol engine is smoother and quieter than the alternatives.

Although diesel fuel engines do produce more pollutants, they also produce around 20 per cent less carbon dioxide while also producing more power, which means they are a viable option if you are planning on doing a lot of miles.

If the damage to the environment is one of your pressing concerns, keep in mind that newer models will be covered by Euro 6 Emission standards.

Hybrid cars are a mixture of electric and petrol engines. Around town and if traffic, you can comfortably rely on the electric engine, but for motorway driving you will need your petrol engine to kick in. If you are planning on doing lots of motorway driving, therefore, this isn’t necessarily a more economical option.

Electric cars have come on a great deal, but as it stands the charging base network is not sufficiently expanded for this to be a convenient choice for everyone. Once again. If you plan on covering large distances, it might not be the right choice.

If you’ve found this article useful then make sure you visit our complete A-Z of business fleet terms, which provides a complete glossary so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

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Letitia Booty

Letitia Booty is a special projects journalist for Real Business. She has a BA in english literature from the University of East Anglia, and since graduating she has written for a variety of trade titles. Most recently, she was a reporter at SME magazine.

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