Of the 200 operators sampled, 14% operate at least one ultra low emission vehicle, with a further 33% planning to use them.
26% of interviewees reported positive experiences or perceptions of ultra low emission vehicles. Just over a third (34%) were deemed to have a neutral viewpoint, while 40% fell into the ‘negative’ category, having reservations about ultra low emission vehicles.
Motivators to take-up
Fleets operating ultra low emission vehicles reported that reduced fuel costs and taxes were a primary consideration. For those planning to acquire an ultra low emission vehicle, their main motivator was regulatory compliance.
Factors influencing vehicle acquisition decisions
Vehicle operational capability and whole-life cost have the greatest impacts on vehicle choice. Loyalty to existing suppliers was also cited as a strong influence.
Barriers to take-up
Upfront costs are the most significant barrier to take-up of ultra low emission vehicles, with a lack of independent information also a concern.