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Most UK fleets predict key role for EVs

Date: 27 November 2018   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Almost nine out of ten UK-based fleet managers expect electric vehicles (EVs) to have a 'dominant' role in their fleets before 2028. 

According to a survey of 250 managers by telematics firm Geotab, 89% were willing to make that prediction - even though 46% are currently without any EVs.

Managers said that the key motivating factors in transitioning to EVs would be government incentives (48%), improvements in charging infrastructure (48%) and an improved selection of models from manufacturers.

New government regulations regarding the implementation of electric fleets are expected by 88% of those surveyed. 

Managers see the main benefits of electrification as addressing environmental concerns (59%), managing increasing fuel costs (46%) and potential SMR savings (42%), while potential barriers include high vehicle costs, long charging times and vehicle ranges.

Less than 2% said there was no benefit to electrifying their fleet. 

Geotab vice-president for Europe Edward Kulperger said: "These survey results help to demonstrate that the government's call for an EV future is not something businesses are taking lightly.

"With most fleet leaders looking to have a fully EV-dependent fleet over the next few years, it's no longer a question of if, but rather how soon a complete overhaul can take place." 

"Based upon the outcome of this survey, it's clear that businesses and fleets feel they now need additional government initiatives and smart updates to critical infrastructure across the UK.

"If this can be made a priority, as a nation, Geotab is confident that the UK can take a spot as one of the most innovative global leaders trying to help push the widespread adoption of green transportation in the coming years