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LCV ‘rightsizing’ could make huge difference to fleet costs, says Arval

Fleets are missing out on significant savings to running costs and operational efficiencies by not adopting a ‘rightsizing’ approach.

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The Arval research found that 83% of fleets that acquired a van in the last 12 months simply replaced it with one of the same size.

So says Arval as its research on LCV fleets finds that 83% who acquired a van in the last 12 months simply replaced it with one of the same size.

The analysis, from the 2017 edition of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, found that 7% of respondents, which comprised 3,847 fleets, went for smaller vans while 8% opted for larger vans.

Shaun Sadlier, head of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory in the UK, said: “Model selection is probably the most important van-related decision a business can make. Having a vehicle that closely meets your needs can make a huge difference to fleet costs and efficiency, and the rapid proliferation of different van designs and payloads that are now available means it is possible to identify models to fit almost any fleet profile.

“However, this research indicates that the vast majority of fleets are adopting a ‘same again’ policy to van selection, almost irrespective of fleet size, and foregoing the potential whole life cost savings in areas such as fuel and tyres that “rightsizing” can deliver.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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