December 12th, 2022
Is effective fleet management more critical than ever?
Climb into the cockpit of a modern car, van, or another type of vehicle, and it’s quickly apparent that they’re becoming more complex. We’re seeing vehicle manufacturers use new fuels, materials, and technologies in the cabin and under the bonnet. The impact of the choices is creating significant challenges for fleet managers.
Increasing complexity raises several challenges for operators making investment decisions for new vehicles. Cost-effective maintenance and repair, and disposal are also crucial considerations. This is happening as operators are asked to make operations as efficient as possible.
The future of fleet is defined by new materials, technologies, and powertrains. The days of a single supplier able to manage all repairs are over. In modern vehicles, carbon fibre, composites and high-strength steel replace traditional materials. They’re lightweight and flexible but are challenging to repair. Shops need specialist skills and equipment to complete work to the desired standard.
Inside the cabin, things are changing too. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are just the latest technology to be mandated for all new vehicles. In the future, we’ll see greater automation, removing driver control and increasing repair costs. For example, you can’t simply swap a body panel; you must also replace all sensors and reset all software and systems.
If you think the situation couldn’t get more complicated, think again. COP 27 once again shone a light on the environmental impact of road transport. Automotive emissions account for 24% of the UK’s total, the largest of any sector in the UK – and a target for the Government to achieve its reduction targets. Fleet managers greening their fleets must consider whether to go hybrid, battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) or (in the mid-term) hydrogen powertrains.
Fleet managers must consider how best to cope with the complexity and green their fleets while continuing to deliver for customers. It’s not going to be easy – but there is support available.
Industry under pressure
The rapid change in vehicle technology comes when fleets face challenges to reduce costs in response to rising inflation. It’s helping to raise fleet managers’ profiles, but demand puts them under pressure.
Fleet operators face a dizzying array of choices – and difficult decisions. The choices fleet managers make today will have a massive impact on their future. Managers must develop strategies to cope with growing vehicle complexity, cut costs, and do everything they can to reduce emissions. Faced with such a challenge, they’ll need to rely more than ever on the support of an experienced fleet partner – and that partner is Holman.
We provide all customers with a comprehensive fleet management service that enables companies to focus on their core business. We leverage our vehicle management expertise, providing strategic guidance and supporting you in dealing with disruptive technologies and limited budgets.
Let us support you in making the best ones in a world where your choices today could significantly influence your success tomorrow.
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