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New research from fleet management provider Smartrak has provided insight into the changes expected for fleet usage and optimisation in the years to come.

The release presented the following key findings that will generate “irresistible pressure” for fleets to move beyond existing management practices:

  1. The ideas igniting debate around Corporate Mobility will fuel increasing demands by government bodies that businesses open up their fleet strategies to incorporate more civic benefits.
  2. The explosive growth of the sharing economy has demonstrated that vehicles operating in an exclusive-use environment miss out on the efficiencies generated when asset are shared.
  3. Smartrak’s own research has shown that the current model is close to achieving the maximum efficiencies it’s capable of.

“Introducing opportunities to share vehicles between staff and ultimately between organisations is absolutely the way to gain significant utilisation improvements,” Vice President of Product, Steve Harcourt said.

“It’s obvious that vehicles sitting idle in the carpark outside of work hours are failing to create value for the organisation – this is a wasted opportunity that could be turned around if staff were hiring those vehicles for personal use outside of work hours.”

Harcourt also points to the huge potential gains when two organisations pool their vehicle requirements.

“Imagine driving down the vehicle count necessary to meet peak demand by simply borrowing vehicles from another company when all your own are already booked out – that’s got to be a smart move,” Harcourt said.

With governments demanding more civic-conscious and cleaner business fleets, Smartrak acknowledges that their Corporate Mobility vision has been developed alongside the realisation that emissions control will remain a central issue.

That has been evidenced in New Zealand, where the government is using legislation to drive EV adoption in government fleets while international markets such as Norway have gone further by setting across-the-board EV targets. Smartrak is convinced that a committed forward-thinking strategy that puts business fleets ahead of the curve will benefit both their customers and the planet.

“At the heart of our Corporate Mobility vision is the belief that our customers are already seeking the answers Corporate Mobility is providing,” Harcourt said.

“They understand that ongoing improvements to utilisation go hand-in-hand with a reduction in fleet emissions.”

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