Why your next company car will be an electric vehicle
In a sense, using electric vehicles is a matter of choice for a company. You make that choice for the planet. For future generations. But, most of all, for yourself. Together, let’s dismantle the recent clichés and unfounded prejudices which stir up fears and, as a result, are holding us back from fully moving towards electric cars. After that, one thing’s for sure: your next company car could well be an electric vehicle.
Action to protect people’s health and the climate
There are no doubts about it: when you use an electric vehicle, you are producing no emissions at all while you are travelling. That means no CO2 or any other toxic particles. However, the first electric vehicle (EV) cliché is based around this idea. It targets the concepts that lie at the heart of these vehicles, namely their impact on the environment and the climate (such as raw materials for manufacturing the batteries and how the electricity is produced).
Scientists from three European universities (Exeter, Cambridge and Nijmegen) have conducted in-depth analysis on the life cycles of EVs and the removal of materials at the end of the vehicles’ operating lives. Their conclusions, which were recently published in Nature Sustainability, are clear: EVs do indeed create CO2 savings across 95% of the world compared to conventional vehicles. The only exceptions are countries that are highly dependent on carbon.
The average emissions from electric vehicles across their entire operating lives are up to 70% lower than emissions from petrol cars in countries like Sweden and France (which get the majority of their electricity from renewable and nuclear energy) and up to 65% lower in Belgium.
Another study from the European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E) lobbying body concluded that an average electric car from the EU sold in 2020 will emit the equivalent of around 90 g of CO2/km over its entire operating life, compared to 234 g for a diesel car and 253 g for a petrol car. This includes upstream emissions, which are emissions produced when the vehicle is being manufactured.
Embracing EVs therefore goes back to the idea of taking action to protect people's health (zero emissions while driving) and the climate (reduced emissions during their operating life compared to combustion engines), which is a very fashionable concept nowadays.
Fears about battery life are now a thing of the past!
In the past, fears about battery life were the major stumbling block stopping people from buying an electric car. This hurdle has now been removed, as the majority of the most recent electric-vehicle models can cover 400 km or more.
Where do you charge up? The issue (practically) never comes up!
The charging process, the usability and, most of all, the charging time are the aspects which worry potential EV buyers. And for good reason. The length of time taken to charge EVs depends on different charging methods and capacities. That's a fact. And yet, there are really very few times when you have to worry. Average figures show that 60% of charging is done at home, 30% is done at the workplace and just 10% is done at public charging points. As a (company) car will very often spend more than 90% of the day in a car park, these figures should dispel these concerns!
And what should I do if I want to go on holiday?
You can still go on holiday in your electric vehicle. You will have to plan your journey so that you can plug in your vehicle at an appropriate time. Increasingly effective apps will help you to put together this kind of route. But, should you need some reassurance, you can get a car with an internal combustion engine for your trip. If you would like some more information about this, feel free to contact LeasePlan.
“La dolce vita” for you...
Ask around: driving an electric vehicle is definitely not an arduous task. Far from it! You will be able to fully accelerate at any time. You will be driving in complete silence (even though European legislation now requires electric cars to emit a minimum level of noise so that other users can hear them coming). What's more, you will be going to the garage even less, as electric vehicles have fewer parts that could suffer from wear and tear, meaning that they require less maintenance/fewer repairs.
Doesn't that sound like a wonderful life?