17% of fleets have changed the size of vans they operate on their fleet in the last year, according to the latest Arval Corporate Vehicle Observatory Barometer, which covers 3,718 fleets.
Fleet Managers were asked, “Would you say the LCVs you have introduced during the past 12 months – in comparison to those you had introduced previously – are the same size, bigger or smaller?" 8% of the companies surveyed said they had chosen bigger vans in the last 12 months, while 9% had acquired smaller vehicles.
Interestingly, the trends were different for smaller and larger fleets. Companies with fewer than ten vehicles appear to be leading the way with a switch to larger vans, with fleets operating more than 50 vehicles increasingly opting for smaller vehicles.
“We have been saying for some time that more van fleets should look at the benefits of rightsizing – ensuring that the vehicles they are using are the right size for their intended use,” Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval’s Corporate Vehicle Observatory in the UK, said.
“Rightsizing works both ways – it is inefficient, and can even be unsafe, to use a smaller vehicle for a job that really needs a bigger van and vice versa. This is because of factors such as optimising the payload and maximising fuel consumption.
“The research does suggest that the migration in van size is becoming a trend. Almost one in five fleets have changed the size of vehicle they are buying, which could be because of rightsizing.”