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Arval Mobility Observatory
Arval Mobility Observatory provides the results of the annual Fleet Barometer, a survey that now has 20 countries within scope and has been extended to cover the important vehicle fleet markets of Russia, Turkey and Brazil, as well as most European countries.
Since the inception of the barometer in 2002, the research has focused on mid and long term trends, which is still the case this year. In 2020 we have witnessed the Covid 19 outbreak impacting on the short term, but the intentions of the market highlighted in this survey are still strong on a mid and long term basis.
The research is an intelligence platform which studies, analyses and interprets developments in mobility in its broadest sense. New mobility solutions, the evolution of powertrain usage in fleets and the means to support the development of new technologies or initiatives have been tracked. Topics such as financing methods and tools like telematics are also monitored within this survey.
Below you will see snapshots of some of the most important areas covered in this research. Please fill in the form below to register your interest in the full report which will be released shortly.
There is a very strong indication here that businesses are concerned about the effects of congestion and want to see more investment in the UK road network. Difficult traffic conditions are something that many fleets face every day and it is a subject that is obviously front-of-mind in an operational sense.Fleets are also thinking about air quality and the implementation of Clean Air Zones. This is a subject that is potentially quite confusing, with a whole range of different measures being adopted across the country and some of them now being delayed by the coronavirus crisis. Our view is that this complexity is probably at the root of concerns reported because the rules being adopted in the majority of cities are quite moderate.
These results show just how much additional impetus now exists behind the adoption of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids at this moment compared to even the last couple of years. There has been a noticeable acceleration.
We have been saying for some time that 2020 would very much be the year during which electric power takes off for fleets and becomes part of the mainstream, with the right tax incentives for drivers now in place and a much-improved range of models becoming available. These findings show that fleets agree with those sentiments
Company Car vs Mobility Alternatives
These findings really illustrate just how resilient the company car remains within UK corporate culture, with fewer than one in five fleet managers reporting that their drivers have a definite willingness to give up their vehicle for a mobility alternative. At a time when the company car is undoubtedly changing, perhaps more than at any other time in living memory thanks to the arrival of new forms of power and mobility alternatives, this is quite a striking result. If you look deeper into the research, the attachment to the car is even more marked. Among drivers who would give up their vehicle, the vast majority of the alternatives they would consider are arguably different methods of providing a car using company money
Arval's Shaun Sadlier talks to Fleet News about the findings of the 2020 research findings.