Diesel, petrol and hybrid versions of the BMW 5-Series are to be offered by medium term rental specialist Meridian Vehicle Solutions – the first time it has made available all three fuel types of any model.

Phil Jerome, managing director, explained that the move was being made in response to changing fleet demands for different fuel options to meet different needs.

He said: “As recently as a year ago, we were a diesel-only fleet but the situation is changing quite quickly and fleets are rapidly becoming accustomed to operating a range of fuel types.

“As a broad simplification, those who are covering high mileages tend to choose diesel, those who are concerned about the environment go for petrol and those who are concerned about personal taxation choose a hybrid. It is a question of priorities.”

Phil added that Meridian intended over time to provide a choice of petrol and diesel in each model range it offered, plus hybrids where available. At the moment, it could already deliver petrol or diesel versions of the Volvo V40, Mercedes A-Class and Volvo XC60.

“The fact is that hybrid versions of some of our most popular models are in very high demand and, if we could buy them, we would put them on the fleet. However, over time, we intend to offer all over our most popular model ranges in all three fuel configurations.”

Phil added that Meridian was also starting to consider offering a small selection of EVs.

“This is something that we are monitoring. At the moment, we simply don’t get asked about these vehicles but the experience of the last 12 months shows how quickly the situation regarding fleet fuel preferences can change, so we are on a watching brief.”

The BMW 520i, 520d and 530e are all expected to be on the Meridian fleet by April.

Meridian provides medium term contracts to fleets whose requirement is for premium and semi-premium models for periods of fewer than six months. All cars are supplied new and pricing is designed to be competitive when compared to longer term leasing rates.

About Meridian Vehicle Solutions

Based in Elstree, Hertfordshire, Meridian was created in 2016 to provide short to medium term contracts for immediate delivery to fleets whose requirement is for premium and semi-premium models for periods of fewer than six months. All cars are supplied new and pricing is designed to be competitive when compared to longer term leasing rates.