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The smallest, smallest, smallest and least polluting vehicles are the prototype that are beginning to integrate the fleets of large companies
Lighter cars account for 57% of registrations and vans, 27% of the total
Employees of large Spanish companies have reason to be happy. Although each at its own pace, companies are upgrading fleets of commercial vehicles, which have an average age of 12 years.
Anfac (Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Automobiles and Trucks) reveals that in the first eight months of the year the companies were the ones that bought the largest number of cars for distribution and displaced their employees, 69,756 (18% more), of a total of 132,309 registrations.
Healthy business expectations are what has driven them to renew this work tool, one of the highest expenses for companies.
The fear of the activity, due to the restrictions of access to the cities of the most polluting vehicles in the moments of maximum pollution, has also made them more preventive. “Many companies are buying, in parallel, vehicles of few or zero emissions next to the ones of fuel”, they comment in the association of dealers, Faconauto.
In the first eight months of the year, companies bought 69,756 cars, 18% more than last year
It was a matter of time, because by now most companies have been accountable and already have sustainable mobility plans in place to save. “Customers have started to demand models of lower fuel consumption and maintenance costs,” they say in the PSA group.
“The selection of company vehicles has been professionalized a lot and this has resulted in the choice with a more economical criteria,” they add.
Cheaper, smaller, smaller, compact, less powerful cars equipped with geolocalizer (to control the routes) and consumption measurement devices are now the preferred prototype for the largest, where at the moment diesel is still the star.
In the first eight months of the year, light commercial vehicles (microvan, pickup, derived from tourism) have been the main protagonists, emphasize in Faconauto. They account for 57% of registrations, followed by vans of less than 3,500 kilos, with 24%. The most demanded by the companies are those of the Peugeot, Citroën, Renault and Ford brands.
Iberdrola is one of the companies that has among its priority objectives to create a fleet integrated by electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, although at the moment they predominate those of fuel.
With a park of 2,033 vehicles, it has 28 electric cars and has an electric carsharing service, thanks to which almost 350 employees can carry out procedures in Madrid, Bilbao, Valencia and Barcelona with cleaner cars.
In the electric, where the technical evaluation (emissions of CO2, consumption, etc.) on the price to choose, is based on the models: pickup, Ford Ranger, for its technical capacity, Clio, Kangoo and Kadjar, of Renault; and Partner 208 and 308 of Peugeot, among others.
• Sales. In 2018, companies will buy 113,487 commercial vehicles, according to the statistics of Faconauto (group of car dealers).
• Price. The average price in 2016 for vehicles to work stood at 24,869 euros, which represents a growth of 6.4%, according to Faconauto.
• Security. The hands-free device is the most widespread among commercials, present in 50% of cars.
• Diesel. Despite the demonization of diesel, these are preferred for fleets of companies accounting for 90% of registrations, say in Faconauto.
• Gasoline. There is a certain shift towards gasoline vehicles, they explain in Ganvam (sellers’ association). So far this year, registrations have grown by 75%, although it is still far from the throne of diesel.
In Pascual Quality dieselgate has marked a before and after. José Carlos Espeso, coordinator of sustainable mobility, said that “talking about hybrid cars is more common today, but six years ago it was more daring”.
In 2011, this company replaced 600 diesel vehicles with hybrid technology and is currently a mix of electric, hybrid and liquefied gas. Utilities, 4×4, sedans and, mainly, the compact ones represent 70%, are the most used models.
The boom in the purchase of online products has driven the sale of delivery vans and proof of this is that “are the commercials that grow the most, almost 27% compared to 2016,” says Herrera. “There is a lot of small packages now and this means having smaller, more compact vehicles,” they say in Seur.
Restrictions on access to the urban center for pollution have also been a handicap for these companies. At Seur, 73% of its vehicles comply with European environmental regulations (Euro 5 and 6). In addition, its fleet already has vans and electric motorcycles and liquefied and natural gas vehicles, present in 20 cities.
Seur, which makes 120,000 monthly shipments with alternative transport, claims to have reduced emissions by 16% last year.
More technology and more controlled drivers
The GPS, which allows the positioning of the vehicle at all times, and the built-in browser are usually the elements most requested by large companies for their fleets in search of efficiency.
The implementation of the telematic devices allows to build a tighter tariff and obtain greater added value, is a privilege of the largest. Proof of this is that it only incorporates something more than 14% of the commercials, collects Faconauto.
The smaller ones use the mobile, where they can access applications such as Google Maps or Waze. Moreover, according to the Observatory of Arval’s company vehicle, 48.3% of commercial cars do route planning with the mobile.
“Both offer the opportunity to improve the efficiency and costs of the company,” say the insurer Axa, but the browser, which can be hidden, allows the fleet manager to control and manage the driving hours of the employee in real time; regulate breaks; provide the driver’s history as well as exert a psychological effect on the driver.
On the other hand, the company can optimize the routes saving time and consumption; locate the vehicle in case of theft; reduce fines; prevent car maintenance and breakdowns, and control the speed, among others.
“Price is what weighs most to choose model”
Alfonso Nogueiro is the general director of the association of automotive dealers Faconauto. With studies in Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Nogueiro has been linked to the automotive industry for many years. After passing through Citroën and Alfa Romeo, he has been in Faconauto for seven years.
What weighs more in the big companies when buying, the price or the commitment with the environment?
The price, not only of the vehicle, but also of everything that surrounds it: insurance, taxes, fuel, etc. But the environmental component is becoming increasingly important. The automotive sector is very committed.
So why premium diesel and gasoline?
There are already many companies that bet on low or zero emission fleets. This tendency will go more and more, but we still have years ahead in which all the technologies will coexist.
How will the restrictions on the city center influence the sale?
The vehicle is not a problem for mobility, but part of the solution because it complements public transport. The Administration has to understand that seeking improvements in mobility passes through an integral perspective.
Has electronic commerce had so much to do with growth?
Several situations explain this explosion. The economic improvement has allowed many companies to have been able to renew their fleets. And this has coincided with the bum of electronic commerce. The renovation could not wait any longer. The crisis triggered its aging.
Can you take a picture of the park in the next few years?
It will go towards low or zero emission models, electric and hybrid (gasoline and gas). Regarding technology, it will be necessary to see in the long term how the arrival of the autonomous car impacts the distribution of goods.
Paloma García Moreno – 19 SEP 2017 – 5D