Reducing your business fuel costs
From driving economically to the car you buy – there are many ways you can cut fuel costs.
While we can all drive sensibly, turn off the AC and shop around for the pump that’s a few pennies cheaper, the most cost-effective way to reduce your fuel costs starts with the car you buy. Volkswagen technology is at the forefront of finding ways to reduce your fuel costs, making our vehicles cost-efficient from the first drive to the last. We also recommend checking out the Car-Net Guide. It's great at saving you money as it enables you to find the cheapest fuel in your area.
Fuel Efficiency in Volkswagen
All Volkswagen cars are engineered to be fuel efficient, but here are our top recommendations if cutting fuel costs is a priority for you and your business:
- Go electric: government grants and tax incentives are making electric vehicles hugely attractive to fleet managers. You get to lower your company’s CO₂ emissions, save money and be ahead of the curve on the future of automobiles.
- Try plug-in hybrids: the government also encourages the purchase of plug-in hybrid vehicles with a multitude of enticing grants on offer. Plug-in hybrids use a combination of a smaller, high-efficiency combustion engine and a battery-powered electric motor. The batteries charge when the engine is idle and when the brakes are applied. Advanced engineering means each power source is used for the appropriate conditions, road, speed and mileage. For example, the battery-powered motor performs best in urban areas, but the fuel engine would be best on faster open roads.
- Harness energy using new technologies: at Volkswagen, we’re constantly developing more economical engineering. For example, our brake recuperation system utilises the energy that’s normally lost through braking. Our low rolling resistance tyres save you fuel as they reduce friction, and our turbocharged engines deliver more power when you need it and less when you don’t.
Lowering your carbon footprint
We all need to do our bit to combat climate change. Progressive businesses are adopting simple yet effective techniques such as holding web conferences instead of physical meetings to reduce business mileage. If your meeting can be held via video call, then you could save in fuel costs and man hours on the road. In situations where a physical meeting is necessary, fleet managers can ensure the vehicles being driven are environmentally friendly, and that employees are driving economically.
How to capture your fuel data
Data is key to knowing just how much fuel you’re using and where you can cut costs. The best way to mine this data is using fuel cards. They’re a convenient method of payment that are often supplied to each driver so they can pay for fuel costs and maintenance without it coming out of their pocket. They also provide a quick, cheap and accurate method for capturing, manipulating and reporting on fuel performance. The best fuel card systems are widely accepted, require both forecourt and driver input of relevant data on each visit, and provide you with periodic reports on the performance of your fleet by individual vehicle. They do the hard work for you, so all you have to do is look out for anomalies within vehicle efficiency and assess where you can save costs.
Reimbursing business fuel costs
Each company has a different way of reimbursing their staff for business fuel costs. Whichever method you use, it’s wise to ensure that your drivers aren’t using your mileage rates as a way to increase their income by driving unnecessary miles. HMRC and employers have been clamping down on this in recent years, and companies have noticed a significant reduction in their total mileage. This can make a substantial difference to your yearly fuel costs. It’s certainly something to keep in mind.