WLTP uncertainty is a ‘nightmare’ for fleet decision-makers
Fleets are extending leases and turning to short-term hire in an effort to combat problems ordering vehicles due to the new emissions testing regime.
The situation has been described as a “nightmare”, with fleets saying cars are disappearing off price lists, while others are subject to extended delivery times thanks to a backlog of orders.
All cars are being transitioned to the WLTP (Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure), with newly type-approved models subject to the test since last September, while all other new cars must be rehomologated by this September.
WLTP replaced NEDC (New European Drive Cycle), which had been criticised for failing to represent real-world fuel consumption.
Val South, GB fleet manager for Xerox, told Fleet News: “You can’t order cars from some manufacturers, because they’ve taken them off the quoting system while they undergo the test.”
South said it was causing a backlog of orders, while she is also having to deal with complaints from company car drivers facing a choice list that was offering 100 cars one month, but only 10 the next.