A new digital tool designed to help business owners choose between combustion-engined and electrified vehicles has been launched by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The Van Fuel Advisor tool considers factors including distance covered on a typical working day and access to charging facilities to form an impression of a business’s driving requirements.

It allows businesses to compare annual costs and indicative emissions of plug-in hybrid and combustion-engined vehicles with fully-electric models, as well as available government grants.

Including parameters such as fuel costs, servicing, congestion charges, and Vehicle Excise Duty, the annual cost estimate acts as a guide for potential savings to be made in everyday running costs by going electric. 

Based on the business’s requirements, the Van Fuel Advisor tool also suggests the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models that match their driving preferences.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles national fleet manager Craig Cavanagh said: “Choosing whether to electrify a fleet can be a daunting process for any business and, with the added considerations of range, purchasing and running costs, it can be difficult to know which of the available options is most suitable.

“This new tool provides suggestions tailored to their driving requirements, removing some of these uncertainties to give business owners peace of mind.”