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Planning for the Future of Fleets

Retail, energy and entertainment have all undergone seismic shifts due to new innovations. Yet the commercial fleet sector has operated in a more traditional way, with incremental advances in vehicle management, maintenance, financing and fuel types. A convergence of new technologies, services and greater connectivity will radically reshape the fleet sector, requiring new skills as well as creating new industry players and business models.

Nearly half of fleet managers find it challenging to stay informed, with a need to gain support internally from business leaders and fleet drivers for new initiatives.

Shell Fleet Solutions has analysed emerging concepts and trends to help professionals navigate these changes and plan for the future of their fleet.

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Learn about emerging trends of the commercial fleet industry

  • Expert opinion on why the fleet industry is evolving

    By 2040, the fleet industry will have been transformed almost beyond recognition. The need to transition to new fuels will create challenges and opportunities for fleet managers that are very different to those faced by the domestic vehicles industry. New vehicle types — including those running on new fuels as well as autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles — will fundamentally change the mix of skills required of fleet managers and their teams. Disruptive technologies such as automated vehicles, ride-sharing, load sharing and over-the-air software and maintenance will also fundamentally alter the way we work.

  • What do these changes mean for fleet managers?

    With almost two thirds of fleets keeping their vehicles for less than three years, and only 7% keeping them for more than five years, it’s important that fleet managers understand new vehicle technologies and how to implement and manage them in their fleets if they are to remain competitive. As with any disruption, successful early adopters will enjoy a competitive advantage. The potential for improving fuel efficiency and reducing downtime is huge, given the greater visibility and control the development of intelligent vehicles will offer.

  • Preparing for the future

    The businesses that start future-proofing their fleets now will be able to integrate new technologies faster than their rivals. They will also be able to do so from a stronger position of organisational competence and readiness, rather than finding themselves forced to rush through changes at the last minute in response to the advantages gained by their better-prepared competitors. Ultimately, the sector will emerge stronger, more efficient and more agile. But as with any process of evolution, there will be winners and losers. The key to being among the winners, is to start preparing now.

  

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