How to bring employees along on your fleet electrification

Transitioning to an electric fleet is an exciting step for any company – and as an important business development, it’s one you want to get right. Making sure your employees are fully on board for the ride is crucial to success.

Be prepared for questions

It’s only natural for employees to have queries about going electric. Here are some of the most common questions – and our guidance on how to respond.

Will an electric vehicle (EV) work for me? This depends on several factors – including driving behaviours, journey types, charging availability and more – so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Start by taking LeasePlan’s short [EV quiz](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/switching-to-electric/)! Can I still go on holiday with my EV? [Battery charging](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/) takes longer than refilling an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle and requires more planning. However, there’s no reason why this should prevent drivers from going electric: check out our tips for holidaying with an EV. If you’re still not sure, you can include a holiday replacement car in your lease contract. Are EVs really more sustainable? An EV powered by the most carbon-intensive electricity in Europe still emits fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than a standard diesel car. Plus, lifecycle CO2 emissions (including vehicle and battery manufacturing) from EVs are lower. Can I charge my EV at home? This depends on, for example, the type of building and whether the home is owned or rented. For most people who own their home and have private parking access it should be possible to install a [home charger](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/tax-benefits-0f790df8-c357-4c3f-8ee4-b88ff5414648-9a657e24-d9f6-4022-923f-39218ba7425c/). How long does it take to charge an EV? Data shows that the average [home charging](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/tax-benefits-0f790df8-c357-4c3f-8ee4-b88ff5414648-9a657e24-d9f6-4022-923f-39218ba7425c/) session is not more than 4 hours and much quicker with a fast charger. Keep in mind that most cars are stationary for much longer than 4 hours in any 24-hour period. Can I charge everywhere with my charge card? Most charge cards support now almost all chargers. However, certain [public stations](targetSelf:/en-pt/driving-electric/ev-charging/tax-benefits-0f790df8-c357-4c3f-8ee4-b88ff5414648-9a657e24-d9f6-4022-923f-39218ba7425c-37ffebf1-e19d-4227-9eca-19e14706e194/) could still not be supported with your charge card. If you plan your route ahead of time you can always look up the supported chargers in the app/website of the charge card provider.

Here are our top tips:

  1. Motivate and communicate.

    Answering your employees' questions thoughtfully is important, but we recommend that employees be proactive and motivate drivers to electrify the company fleet. In this way, they help remove doubts and show employees the benefits of this transition.

  2. Go for a test drive.

    Give employees the chance to experience an EV for themselves – after all, driving comfort is one of the main reasons why people are convinced to switch. The smooth and silent comfort of an EV combined with the ease of one pedal driving makes for an easy drive.

  3. Spread the word.

    Gather testimonials from colleagues who have already adopted electric driving. This will grow awareness and positivity about EVs within your company.

  4. Be flexible.

    For some drivers, fully electric cars are not a practical solution. It’s good to leave room in your car policy for plug-in hybrids where necessary.

  5. Lead by example.

    Big changes are usually more effective when they start at the top, so aim to have your management team switch to EVs as soon as possible. And who are the internal influencers? Let them make the switch first so the rest will get inspired.

  6. Offer longer test drives.

    For employees that are particularly worried about the range of an EV we suggest offering a longer test drive of up to a week to try it out. In practice, an EV’s range can be more than enough for most daily trips and commutes but for some employees trying an EV for a longer period is the best way to lay range anxieties to rest.

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