Which is the best type of fuel for you?

It used to be so simple: most cars had petrol engines, most vans and lorries used diesel. Now we’ve got a range of power sources to consider when choosing new vehicles. It makes the decisions for fleet operators and business drivers much harder.

To help you choose between the main fuels now available, here’s our handy guide to the pros and cons of each:

Petrol

PROS

CONS

Diesel

PROS

CONS

Hybrid

PROS

CONS

Electric

PROS

CONS

As we can see here, there are many pros and cons of running a fleet of vehicles with any one of these fuel types. Ultimately the decision of which fuel type, and which type of vehicle is chosen is up to each individual business, based upon the type of travel they do. Hopefully our quick guide has given you some insight into the positives and negatives of each fuel type which will help you to make your own decisions.

To see which of our fuel cards can help you with your fuel spend; visit our website for more details.

FAQs about different types of fuel

Take a look at our frequently asked questions about diesel, petrol, hybrid and electric fuel. Contact us if you have more questions. We are here to answer your queries!

Should I buy a diesel car?

Diesel cars are more fuel-efficient than petrol vehicles, especially out of town on long journeys.

The biggest disadvantage is that diesel cars are usually more expensive than petrol cards. Also, diesel fuel prices are higher than petrol in the UK.

So our suggestion, if you regularly travel long distances, then diesel may be the better choice.

However, petrol cars tend to be more suited to enthusiasts city drivers who usually travel short distances.  

How do hybrid cars work?

Hybrid vehicles are a combination of petrol/diesel cars and electric cars. Hybrid cars contain parts of both petrol and electric vehicles:  an internal combustion engine - so it can fuelled with petrol or diesel, and have an electric motor and battery so can be powered by electricity.

How do electric cars work?

Electric cars are powered by rechargeable batteries installed inside the car. An electric car looks basically the same like other normal vehicles, except that it lacks an exhaust system.  

Where can I charge electric cars?

There are more than 1,500 public charging points and that number is growing very fast. Find more information about charging points: http://www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/charging-points/