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Do I have to go full electric, or can I start with PHEVs?
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles or PHEVs can be a great choice for lowering emissions and reducing fleet costs if full electric is not an option right now. There might not be the right make/model EV available for your business use, or the required charging support in the areas you intend to use the vehicle.
How can I justify the extra cost of switching to EV?
Doing a total cost of ownership (TCO) comparison between your current petrol/diesel fleet use and a switch to EV might show there are no additional costs, so that’s worth doing first. If the higher purchase price of today’s EVs against petrol/diesel equivalents is a concern, don’t forget the lower costs or running and maintaining an electric vehicle.
There may be benefits beyond cost. As public pressure increases and economies around the world continue to de-carbonise, customers may favour businesses that have the foresight to adopt EVs early.
What are the steps I need to think about to transition my business from petrol to electric cars?
Some of the steps we recommend a business thinks about when switching from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs include:
- Identify your goals and set a strategy that aligns to them
- Understanding your current fleet activity
- Plan your transition
- Implementation of EVs and infrastructure
- Track the impacts to adjust and improve
LeasePlan’s EV consultancy framework can help your business, no matter what stage of your transition to EV journey you are on.
How do I do a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) comparison between petrol and electric cars?
A TCO comparison looks at all expenditure associated with each vehicle. Comparing ICE to EVs means different charging types and costs, as well as different service requirements – so it’s not apples to apples. How do you compare costs for KWh to costs for litres per 100km? We recommend some expert advice to help you establish a framework for consistent comparisons and informed choices. LeasePlan’s Start Electric consultancy framework can assist.
Do I need to train my drivers about EVs before I change?
Yes – definitely. Drivers will need to understand the new technology in EVs – from starting, acceleration, regenerative braking, new instrument clusters, how and when to charge. LeasePlan and our dealer partners can help you with this. It’s also a great way to make sure your drivers are enthusiastic about the change and help your business successfully switch.
Are medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicles available?
Right now, EV availability in New Zealand is largely limited to passenger vehicles. But wider choices are coming. Global carmakers have electric light-commercial vehicles (LCVs) and even utes with heavy towing capacity in production – led by Tesla’s bold Cybertruck. Even heavy-duty trucks are on an electric pathway, with Daimler, Volvo, Nikola Motors and Tesla among those committed to variations of electric trucks.