Vehicle fleet management specialist Total Motion has warned fleets not to be too hasty to add hybrid vehicles to their fleet in light of increasing fuel costs. Hybrid vehicles

This warning comes after the completion of a recent detailed study that showed many Hybrids’ such as the Toyota Prius have a higher carbon footprint and lower fuel consumption than the more modern advanced diesel engines.

Managing Director Simon Hill says “Directors and those responsible for fleet decisions should be careful and ignore the marketing hype, if they don’t want to see costs increase”.

As part of the test the following vehicles covered 5,000 miles of varied driving to measure MPG

  • Toyota Prius
  • BMW 1 Series Diesel
  • Range Rover Sport
  • Vauxhall Insignia Diesel

The results were

  1. BMW 1 Series 54.80 MPG
  2. Vauxhall Insignia 46.20 MPG
  3. Range Rover Sport 28.10 MPG
  4. Toyota Prius 26.40 MPG

Indicating that very careful consideration is needed before moving away from the norm.

Total Motion was established in Leicester in 1998 to provide independent fleet consultancy and management services and today, works with more than 300 clients operating vehicles across the UK and overseas. Whether partial or complete outsourcing, or one-off support for a specific fleet management projects, Total Motion develops solutions tailored to clients’ needs.