Australian fleets turning to fuel efficient vehicles

As the country battles to reduce its carbon footprint, a study has found that Australian fleets and motorists are buying into the trend of fuel efficient vehicles.

The study by the National Transport Commission (NTC) said the average annual carbon dioxide emissions ratings of new passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles had decreased to 192 grams per kilometre travelled. This represents the third highest drop since the organisation began keeping records over a decade ago.

NTC's CEO Paul Retter said this means Australians are beginning to invest in cars that can reduce fuel consumption and are more committed to looking after the environment.

"Whether Australians are trying to cut their fuel bills or are trying to help reduce their carbon emissions, more and more families are choosing more fuel efficient vehicles," he said.

"Cars and light commercial vehicles are responsible for 10 per cent of Australia's carbon emissions. However, Australian car buyers are helping to reduce that impact with the average emissions per kilometre falling for five years in a row."

Despite the year-on-year decline in carbon emissions, Mr Retter conceded that not all new fleet vehicles and private cars sold in Australia last year were fuel efficient, but he was hopeful that this can change.

"If every Australian who bought a car last year chose the most efficient vehicle on offer the average vehicle emissions wouldn't have fallen just 3.4 per cent - it would have fallen ten times that amount," he said.

"Consumer preferences, manufacturers producing greener vehicles and government regulation are all factors that can reduce carbon emissions from our vehicles."

The study also found some interesting findings about Australians' buying habits. Just 15 manufacturers sold 92 per cent of total vehicles and more than 2.2 per cent of those cars were described as 'green vehicles'. This was up from 1.2 per cent in 2012 and only 0.8 per cent in 2011.

Fleet managers concerned with their carbon footprint could invest in fleet management software that can accurately track fuel consumption and ensure your business isn't wasting money on inadequate vehicles.