It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) car is going to be the best option for fleet use.
The general consensus around petrol or diesel cars is that you can pick them up cheaply and they won’t cost much to run.
But actually, if your main concern is cost when it comes to operating a fleet, you’d be much better off with electric vehicles (EVs).
EVs get a bit of stick because of their initial purchase cost but that’s just one side of the coin.
That’s why we’ve put two cars side by side, an electric Nissan Leaf versus an ICE Ford Focus, so you can judge how they measure up in terms of total cost of ownership (TCO) for yourself.
Although the Ford Focus is cheaper to buy, the TCO of the Nissan Leaf is around £10k cheaper over 3 years.
Let’s break this down…
- The Nissan Leaf is eligible for the full plug-in car grant of £3,500 to offset the initial cost.
- There’s little maintenance as the Leaf has 1/10 of the moving parts a Ford Focus has. The Focus needs regular maintenance and servicing yearly, thus resulting in higher costs.
- The Leaf costs 5p per mile vs.15p for the Focus.
- A full charge in the Leaf costs around £5 whereas a full tank of diesel costs about £70.
After looking at the facts, it’s clear the Leaf comes out on top as a choice for fleet. The Ford Focus may be a couple of grand cheaper to buy initially, but over the 3 years, it’s 29% more expensive in TCO. So, a fleet of these would actually add zeros to your outgoings, rather than your savings!
We know there’s a lot to consider in terms of operating an EV fleet, namely the cost. If you’re after some more details on using EVs for business, download our premium guide ‘How to save money with an EV fleet’.