The pros and cons of diesel for fleets

20 April

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A world without diesel could become reality in less than a decade.

According to the latest figures and research, diesel fuel cars will account for as little as 15% of the UK market by 2025; down from 50% just a few years ago.

So, what’s the problem? Why are increasing numbers of drivers avoiding diesel cars at all costs? Is there any justification in diesel’s bad reputation? It is something business owners with company vehicles should consider. Here, we explore the answers to these questions, analysing the pros and cons of running a diesel-based fleet.

The advantages of diesel

In one sense, the projected demise of diesel is rather surprising, as this fuel type offers many benefits to vehicle owners. In terms of fleet management, there’s still much to like about diesel, and some of the pros include:

  • Diesel vehicles generate lower CO₂ emissions – meaning they’re better for the environment and attract lower insurance fees and road tax
  • Diesel vehicles often have higher fuel-efficiency rates than petrol vehicles
  • Diesel gives you more miles to the gallon than petrol, meaning you get more for your money over long-distance journeys
  • Diesel vehicles can be more dependable than petrol vehicles, often lasting for longer periods of time without requiring a service
  • Diesel engines have greater pulling power than petrol, which is an invaluable asset for any towing vehicles

The disadvantages of diesel

Evidently, diesel has its advantages, and it’s the fuel’s image problem that’s driving it to a slow death. Nonetheless, the dissatisfaction with diesel does hold some water for certain parties, and there are cons worth taking note of when you’re using these engines to run your business:

  • Diesels are generally more expensive than petrol cars, both in terms of initial cost and fuel prices
  • Diesel cars produce NO₂ – which is damaging to the environment
  • Repairing a diesel car costs much more in many cases
  • Replacing a diesel engine is expensive
  • Diesel fuel prices are notoriously fickle, but so are petrol prices

Save hundreds on diesel with an Allstar fuel card

Diesel fuel prices may be creeping up and fuel approval ratings may be slipping down, but that doesn’t mean you need to trade in your entire diesel fleet just yet.

With a specially-designed Allstar fuel card, you can manage your vehicles in a cost-efficient, practical manner. When you use our cards, you’ll have access to Discount Diesel at more than 1,800 sites across the country. 

The Allstar One Fuel card, Supermarket + card and Allstar Plus card offer fantastic discounts on diesel. You can browse our entire range of cards. If you have any questions, give our team a call on 03331 229 064. They will be delighted to help.

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