Video 24 April 2024

The electric vehicle fleet rush: Why your organisation should plug in now

The electric vehicle (EV) fleet rush is real and organisations are charging ahead with EV adoption. With annual EV registrations skyrocketing at a 32% growth rate, and making up 16% of all new car registrations, the perks of having an electric fleet are too good to ignore.

Benefits of going electric

More companies recognise that EVs are good for their organisations and colleagues. With a range of low-cost options, employers are using salary sacrifice schemes to help employees change to low or zero-emission vehicles.

The environmental benefits (like lower tailpipe emissions and better air quality) along with meeting sustainability targets, make EVs a valuable asset. By helping workers switch their vehicles through salary sacrifice schemes or introducing workplace charging solutions, organisations can lower scope 3 commute emissions and quickly impact scope 1 emissions too.

Overcoming the challenges of EV adoption

So, what’s stopping some organisations from taking the EV plunge? As with any change, transitioning from internal combustion engines to electric takes careful planning – ensuring your fleet transition plan is in sync with your infrastructure rollout, for example.

Think about your future fleet and charging infrastructure needs. Chances are, swapping your entire fleet in one go isn’t likely, so why put your charging infrastructure in all at once?

Future-proof your EV journey

When transitioning your fleet, having a solid plan in place – backed by continuous strategy adjustments as technology evolves. However, some organisations are putting the brakes on their EV shift, which could lead to trouble as the 2035 deadline for phasing out new petrol and diesel car sales approaches. Manufacturers will continue to reduce the number of internal combustion engine vehicles they produce.

A roadmap for success

To embrace EV as part of your decarbonisation strategy, here’s a handy roadmap:

  1. Assess your fleet. Work out the number of EVs needed, considering staff requirements and estimated growth.
  2. Future-proof your infrastructure. Plan your charging infrastructure to support your transition timeline and future growth.
  3. Keep an eye on new EV technology. Stay informed about advancements and adapt your strategy accordingly.
  4. Encourage employee take up. Offer incentives like salary sacrifice schemes to make EV adoption more appealing and accessible.
  5. Collaborate with suppliers. Work to secure the right vehicles, charging solutions and grid capacity needed for your organisation.

Taking the plunge into the electric landscape can be challenging, but the benefits for your organisation and the planet are worth it. So why wait? Hit the accelerator and start your EV journey now to enjoy a smoother ride ahead.

Insights from Matt Dale, Head of Transport Consulting at Mitie.

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