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Upfront costs and charging concerns deterring electrification, BP finds

Date: 04 May 2022   |   Author: Sean Keywood

Nearly half of fleets expect to begin electrifying within two years, but significant concerns remain about upfront costs and public charging infrastructure.

That's according to newly-published research by BP, which surveyed both fleet managers and fleet drivers for their views on electrification.

It found that 43% of managers and 41% of drivers expected to begin the switch to EVs within two years, with 25% of both groups said to be feeling 'excited and proud' about the prospect of an electric fleet.

However, 62% of managers and 69% of drivers said they thought the cost of EVs would stand in the way of widespread adoption, ahead of the UK's 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel car sales, while 53% of managers and 52% of drivers said charging on the go was still a concern.

BP said the publication of the research coincided with the launch of its new Now's the Time fleet electrification campaign, with its Fuel and Charge offer giving fleets access to a network of more than 9,000 BP Pulse charging points and more than 3,400 filling stations.

BP UK fleet sales manager Adrian Brabazon said: "It's encouraging to see that many fleets are feeling positive about the transition to electric vehicles, and that confidence is growing within the industry. The announcement of our own investment in public charging will hopefully only drive this further. 

"We know, however, that there are still obstacles to overcome, and that charging concerns still exist for fleets making regular long journeys - despite a growing network of ultra-fast chargers in the UK. 

"Our research has shown that over half (54%) of fleets will use the public charging network in addition to charging points at home or at their depots. Our Fuel and Charge cards offer cost effective electric charging and fuelling solutions to support fleets with their first electric vehicle right through to a fully electric fleet."