Fleet and company car driver demand for plug-in hybrid and zero emission electric vehicles is expected to increase with the arrival of the all-new Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) due to being the least affected by potential increases in motoring taxes.
This is according to a new white paper ‘Real World Driving Emissions’ published by Puddy Vehicle Solutions (PVS) to provide fleet decision-makers with insight into how WLTP and the related Real Driving Emissions test procedure will impact on car CO2 emissions and thus company car benefit-in-kind tax, Vehicle Excise Duty and capital allowances, which are all based on CO2 figures, as well as fuel economy. Vehicles are on average around 20% more inefficient under WLTP testing.
PVS founder Marcus Puddy, who has a 30-year fleet industry career behind him, believes many fleet managers - and consequently company car drivers - remain in the dark about the potential impact of WLTP and RDE on vehicle choice lists.
As a result, making the ‘wrong’ car choice could land employers and employees with tax bills significantly higher than currently.