Vehicle Comparison Calculator
This calculator allows the comparison of any two vehicle types and assesses the greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions and fuel cost savings that can be achieved by substitution.
Fleet Managers can use it to estimate the potential savings for multiple vehicles of the same make and model.
Please note that the rated CO2 emissions for all vehicles are provided by the manufacturers and the factors they have used tend to vary slightly. For calculation purposes we have used average factors. This means that there may be minor inconsistencies in the figures for rated Vs actual CO2 emissions.
There are a number of factors to consider when developing a low emission fleet policy.
It is important to design the range of fleet vehicles around the tasks that will be required, so that implementing a low emission policy is not simply a matter of substituting smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles, but building the fleet to meet all facets of required usage.
Fuel costs are now a substantial part of the fleet management budget, and there may be substantial operating cost savings to be made during the ownership period through purchasing more fuel efficient vehicles.
It is now possible to consider a wide choice of vehicles in each class while lowering the carbon footprint of the fleet. For example, there are now many models and variants on the market that emit less than 160 grams CO2 per km. Be aware that in 2006 the average rated emissions of vehicles registered in Europe was 160 grams per km, whilst in Australia it was over 230.
As the price of fuel continues to rise year-on-year, so residual values of fuel efficient vehicles will rise, and those of less fuel efficient vehicles will fall.
There are other factors that add value to the development and implementation of a low emission fleet policy, including:
– Early adopters are prepared for a low carbon economy that includes emissions trading
– Insurance values (smaller, more fuel efficient/less performance oriented vehicles are generally cheaper to insure)
– Brand & reputation can be built through the application of good corporate environmental policy
– Staff values