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New Arval tool pinpoints best powertrain type for drivers

Arval has developed a new tool that allows fleets to match drivers to the best powertrain type for their needs.

The tool analyses driving profiles to work out the best powertrain for each driver

Based on eight questions, The Driver Powertrain Compatibility tool shows a percentage suitability for each of five options – diesel, petrol, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric.

The questions asked cover driving cycles, average daily distances, work and business journeys over 150 miles, driving style, towing, vehicle recharging availability and even driving holidays.

Shaun Sadlier, head of consultancy at Arval, said: “We see this as a really important way of helping to enable EV and hybrid adoption on fleets. Just by spending a few moments answering questions, a fleet can understand what fuel types are potentially suitable for their drivers.

“This will especially allow us to overcome some of the preconceptions surrounding the newer vehicle drivetrain technologies, such as that EVs are only ever for low mileage drivers, whereas we know they can also be used by higher mileage drivers with appropriate driving patterns.”

The tool has been developed as part of Arval’s Sustainable Mobility and Responsibility Targets or SMaRT methodology, which is designed to meet the challenges of business transport in an era of increasingly environmentally-driven decisions.

Sadlier added: “Matching vehicle fuel type to driver need is going to be crucial to fleets as part of that process and we are confident that, with this new tool, we will be able to help individual fleets identify the best fuel options for them.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.