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Electric vehicles – what are the challenges for public sector fleets?

5 min to readFleet management
With pressure mounting for the public sector to decarbonise, we’ve looked at the issues they face when deploying electric vehicles, and solutions that can support their path to Net Zero.
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The Government has set out plans for the UK to become a net zero carbon economy by 2050, and curbing emissions from transport is high on the agenda. Mandatory zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales targets for cars and vans will be introduced during 2024, increasing each year to reach 100% of new registrations by 2035. With renewed tax incentives, many businesses are working towards easier dates to go all-electric.

There’s growing pressure on the public sector to follow suit. Central government has committed to electrifying its entire fleet before 2028 and, although most public sector organisations don’t have strict deadlines in place, local authorities are being told to make battery-electric the norm for cars and light commercial vehicles. With Euro 7 pollutant limits and EU-wide CO2 targets on the horizon and several manufacturers phasing out fuel-burning models by the end of the decade, electrification is a transition no fleet can afford to ignore.

What are public sector fleets worried about?

Earlier this year, LeasePlan surveyed public sector and not-for-profit fleet operators about their approaches to electrification. The results highlighted several common concerns about the path ahead:

How can a fleet policy support electric vehicles?

Electric cars are already a mainstream choice for fleets, accounting for half of new business contract hire (BCH) deliveries according to the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), while demand for battery-electric vans and trucks is also beginning to pick up. Updating your fleet policy is a great foundation for accelerating that demand. Here’s why:

What do fleets need to consider when installing chargepoints?

The UK has one of Europe’s biggest public charging networks, comprising 48,000 chargepoints according to Zap-Map. However, the growing EV-driving population presents a much more diverse set of charging requirements for fleet managers to contend with.

Home charging:

Workplace charging:

How can fleets get driver buy-in for electric vehicles?

Your drivers are the backbone of a smooth electric vehicle transition. Fleets typically find drivers adapt quickly, but two-way communication can help address any concerns they have.

Handovers and ongoing training could cover topics such as:

Commercial vehicles could also be supported by telematics. Only 56% of public sector fleets said they are using telematics systems, but these can help highlight opportunities for further electrification, and highlight if and where drivers need additional training.

We’re here to help

LeasePlan has more than 60 years’ experience working with fleets, and over a quarter of a century within the public sector. Our specialist Public Sector team can help model your fleet’s whole-life costs and offer solutions tailored to your operational needs and decarbonisation goals. To take your next steps find out more here: Public Sector Vehicle Leasing | LeasePlan United Kingdom

Published at 18 October 2023
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18 October 2023
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