Van fleets should take advantage of ‘rightsizing’, says Arval


Businesses are missing significant opportunities for rightsizing with 83% simply replacing vehicles with one of the same size, according to Arval.

The finding comes from the 2017 edition of its Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, research which covers 3,847 fleets.

Rightsizing refers to adopting a strategy designed to match the payload needs of a fleet to the specification of a specific model of van as closely as possible, delivering benefits in a wide range of areas from fuel efficiency to reduced environmental impact.

Eight per cent of those surveyed opted for a van that was bigger while 7% went for smaller – well below the level of change that would be expected from a typical fleet optimisation consultancy exercise. The figures were largely the same for all sizes of fleet.

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.”

In a parallel finding, the Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer also indicates that few fleets ask for external help when choosing vehicles. Just 16% of larger fleets (more than 50 vehicles) do so, 9% of medium fleets (10-49 vehicles) and 7% of smaller fleets (1-9 vehicles).

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