Fleet Evolution deals out fuel cost comparison cards

Fleet Evolution has expressed surprise at the lack of knowledge shown by senior decision-makers regarding the fuel cost efficiency of electric vehicles versus hybrid, petrol and diesel models over 10,000 miles – after using a deck of adapted playing cards displaying the fuel costs of different models as a visual aid.

The fleet management and car benefit specialist used the pack of carefully-produced playing cards displaying different electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel models, to an audience of personnel and fleet decision-makers at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) annual conference and exhibition – and found the they were genuinely surprised by the huge differences in the fuel figures.

Based on the ‘Higher Lower ‘ card game, delegates were invited to estimate if one model had a higher or lower fuel cost  over 10,000 miles than the model on the next card.

Many struggled to identify whether hybrids were more or less fuel economical than conventional petrol or diesel models, or whether any were more efficient than EVs.

“It was a bit of an eye-opener for us,” said Fleet Evolution managing director Andrew Leech, who said around 100 delegates had taken the ‘Higher, Lower’ test.

“Although we had chosen a quite lighthearted way of making the point, the message was a very serious one about the fuel costs of the different categories of cars. And it seems, based on our results,that we still have a long way to go in the EV education progress.”

Leech said that many quite senior decision-makers expressed real shock that an all-electric Tesla Model S cost just £222 to cover 10,000 miles, compared to £2,357 for a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E300 AMG over the same distance (see table).

“And there seemed to be genuine surprise amongst delegates that a Hyundai Kona EV cost just £89 for 10,000 miles, while the cost of a petrol Kona model was 18 times higher at  £1,650 over the same 10,000 mile cycle,” he said.

The Fleet Evolution deck of fuel cost cards looked at nine different models in each category – EV, hybrid, petrol and diesel – with the most economical of all in terms of fuel cost being the new electric Hyundai Kona.

“We believe this will be a real game-changer,” said Andrew Leech. “Costing just £89 over 10,000 miles, it can cover 250 miles on a single charge, which makes range anxiety a thing of the past.

“That means an employee with an average commute would only need to recharge it once a week, which could be done from the office car-park. And we provide free workplace chargers for anyone ordering three electric cars from us,” he added.

Electric vehicles – cost per 10,000 miles @ 4p per KW

Make Model Fuel cost per 10,000 miles
Hyundai Kona Hatchback 150kW Premium 64kWh 5dr Auto £89
Kia Niro EV Crossover £92
Smart ForFour Hatchback 60kW EQ Prime Prem Plus 17kWh 5dr Auto [22kWCh £100
Nissan Leaf Hatchback 110kW Visia 40kWh 5dr Auto £100
Kia Soul Hatchback 81kW EV 27kWh 5dr Auto £120
Renault Zoe Hatchback 65kW i Signature Nav Q90 40kWh 5dr Auto £128
BMW i3 Hatchback 135kW S 33kWh 5dr Auto £165
Jaguar I-Pace Estate 294kW EV400 SE 90kWh 5dr Auto £180
Tesla Model S Hatchback 449kW 100kWh Dual Motor 5dr Auto £222


Plug-in hybrids- cost per 10,000 miles – 7,000 electric 3,000 petrol /diesel miles

Make Model Fuel cost per 10,000 miles
Toyota Prius Hatchback 1.8 VVTi Plug-in Business Edition Plus 5dr CVT  50mpg £460
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 1.4 TSI GTE 5dr DSG  50mpg £520
Mini Countryman Hatchback 1.5 Cooper S E All4 PHEV 5dr Auto £524
Audi A3 Sportback 1.4 TFSI e-tron 5dr S Tronic 45mpg £561
Kia Niro Estate 1.6 GDi PHEV 3 5dr DCT 35mpg £635
Volvo XC60 Estate 2.0 T8 [390] Hybrid Inscription 5dr AWD Geartronic 35mpg £671
BMW 5 Series Saloon 530e SE 4dr Auto £691
Mitsubishi Outlander Estate 2.4 PHEV 4h 5dr Auto – 35mpg £695
Audi Q7 Estate 3.0 TDI 258 Quattro e-tron 5dr Tip Auto 40mpg £716


Petrol models – fuel cost per 10,000 miles @£1.32 per gallon

Make Model Fuel cost per 10,000 miles
Ford Focus Hatchback 1.0 EcoBoost 100 Zetec 5dr £1,320
DS 3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 82 Connected Chic 3dr £1,343
Honda Civic Hatchback1.0 VTEC Turbo 126 EX 5dr £1,404
Audi A3 Sportback1.5 TFSI S Line 5dr £1,534
Hyundai Kona Hatchback 1.0T GDi Blue Drive Premium SE 5dr £1,650
BMW 5 Series Saloon 520i SE 4dr Auto £1,705
Infiniti Q30 Hatchback 1.6T Luxe 5dr £2,062
Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI Quattro S Line 5dr S Tronic £2,200
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe E300 AMG Line 2dr 9G-Tronic £2,357


Diesel models – fuel cost per 10,000 miles @£1.38 per gallon

Make Model Fuel cost per 10,000 miles
SEAT Leon Hatchback 1.6 TDI SE [EZ] 5dr DSG £1,232
Citroen C4 Cactus Hatchback 1.5 BlueHDi Feel 5dr £1,232
Mini Countryman Hatchback 2.0 Cooper S D ALL4 5dr Auto £1,301
Mini Countryman Hatchback 2.0 Cooper D 5dr [Chili Pack) £1,408
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback 2.0 TDI 184 GTD 3dr DSG £1,427
Nissan Juke Hatchback 1.5 dCi Acenta 5dr £1,437
Kia Sportage Estate 1.6 CRDi ISG 1 5dr £1,533
Audi Q7 Estate 3.0 TDI 218 Quattro S Line 5dr Tip Auto £1,815
Range Rover Evoque Hatchback 2.0 eD4 HSE Dynamic 5dr 2WD £1,864


Source: Fleet Evolution

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