Fleet electrification is growing in popularity across the UK (and globally for that matter) with fleet managers up and down the country beginning to see the value of electrifying their fleets. We're heading in the right direction and already this year, it feels like 2024 could be the next step change year.
The development of fleet electrification strategies has of course been stimulated by the ZEV (Zero Emissions Vehicle) mandate, announced last month by the Department for Transport which requires 10% of vans and more than fifth of cars sold by automotive manufacturers to be electric from next year, 80% of new cars and 70% of new vans sold to be zero emission by 2030, and 100% of all new cars sold to be electric from 2035. Targets for electric van sales between 2031-2035 will be set out in due course.
As a result, many manufacturers are ramping up their EV production, meaning greater choice and availability of EVs, whilst charging infrastructure providers are scaling in parallel so there's no shortage of options there too.
But as a fleet manager, knowing where to start can be a challenge. As such, more and more fleet managers are leaning on the expertise of charging infrastructure providers and software service providers to help them understand what is the best solution for their fleet as trialling every possible solution is both time intensive and costly. It is a complex topic and a process that doesn't happen overnight. Converting a handful of vehicles is one thing but when you've got companies such as the Royal Mail with a fleet size of 50,000+, it is a completely different ball game.
The article linked to this post looks at some of the key points from The Fleet World EV Survey which asked decision makers about their fleet electrification experiences and how their EV fleet electrification strategies are taking shape.
Most fleets see the electric vehicle transition as inevitable but factors such as vehicle cost, vehicle supply, reliable charging infrastructure and the ability to access and understand real time data to inform procurement decisions will no doubt support and influence the speed at which fleets are able to transition at scale.
Are you running an electric fleet or developing a fleet electrification strategy for your business? What is your experience and how has the transition to EV impacted your operations?
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