SME FLEETS wanting to decarbonise and go electric are facing a problem, according to industry leasing body, the BVRLA.
The association’s research has found that 40% of Local Authorities are yet to engage with the fleet sector when considering electric vehicle charging needs.
The results were shared as part of the BVRLA’s Fleet Friendly Charging Index, which also showed that nearly two thirds (63%) of authorities are yet to publish an EV strategy.
The BVRLA Fleet Friendly Charging Index highlights the scale of the challenge for fleets, who regularly battle with unreliable, inaccessible, or absent public charging infrastructure. It was launched alongside an updated Fleet Charging Guide at a Reception in the House of Commons today (Wednesday 15 March).
Working hand in hand, the Index and Guide provide some essential insights on the range of charging challenges that fleets are experiencing and highlight some ways in which local and national government, airports and electricity network operators (DNOs) can improve things, says the BVRLA.
The launch event was held at the House of Commons where senior industry stakeholders met with Members of Parliament (MP) from all parties and MPs heard about the vital role that fleets play in bringing electric vehicles to UK roads, as well the extreme barriers presented by the current charging infrastructure.
The association is calling on all members and fleet professionals to become part of the solution. The Fleet Friendly Charging Index features an interactive map to show the progress of each authority, as well as contact details for the local decision makers.
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