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No going back

While the Government’s plans to end lockdown restrictions in England may be dominating mass media headlines at the moment, recent weeks have also seen key dates announced for the switch to electric vehicles from manufacturers.

Building on the Government’s confirmation that it will implement a ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 – with hybrids allowed until 2035 – Jaguar and Ford have both announced plans to move to electric-only model ranges.

Under the new Reimagine strategy, Jaguar is set to be relaunched as an all-electric luxury brand from 2025 while six pure electric Land Rover models will also arrive.

Ford, on the other hand, is to make its passenger vehicle range all-electric in Europe by 2030, with an interim target for all such vehicles to be zero-emissions capable, all-electric, or plug-in hybrid by mid-2026. Meanwhile, two-thirds of its commercial vehicle sales are expected to be all-electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030.

There’s no doubt that the 0% Benefit-in-Kind rate confirmed in the 2020 Budget piqued fleets’ interest in EVs. But there’s more work that needs to be done in the imminent 2021 Budget. We’ve taken the opportunity to look at what’s needed for further growth in EV fleet, asking the experts for their input and the result is the feature on page 16.

With the announcements of new models and plans, and just nine years now until the 2030 ICE engine ban, manufacturers are certainly getting ready for the move to electrification – but what about the impact on fleet? The extension for full hybrid and PHEV models will provide a lifeline in the transition, but success seems to hinge on convincing fleet that this technology is affordable, the vehicle has enough range to suit their needs and that they will be able to charge as easily as filling up. Check out this story for more info.

We’ve also got all the details on Hyundai’s new modular EV platform, which will underpin future Hyundai and Kia EV models. If you can’t wait that long, we’ve updated the list of incoming new electric cars and vans on the horizon, see page 3 for more details.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and don’t forget to check out the final page for the latest EV Fleet World news.

Martyn Collins Editor

We’re proud to be sponsoring this edition of EV Fleet World. Electrification is a topic that we’ve been passionate about for quite some time and we’re committed to helping fleets and fleet managers discover the benefits of electric vehicles for themselves. One of our key business goals is for our entire funded fleet to be net zero emissions by 2030.

For some fleets, making the switch to electric is straightforward, but we recognise that for many others, it’s a gradual process and it may be difficult to get started. This is one of the reasons we created our new LeasePlan Flexible service. It gives companies an easy way to introduce EVs into their fleets – or even just test the viability of EVs in key roles.

The service can do this because it is built around flexibility. This is something we know is always important to businesses, but the value is even clearer right now. After all, it’s hard to make long-term plans about fleet expansion when the situation over the coming months is so unclear.

With LeasePlan Flexible, fleets can access a range of low-emission, low-BiK cars for as little as three months – but with the freedom to keep them for as long as they need, with no costly or inconvenient swaps. If you’ve been holding back on introducing EVs to your fleet, it could be just what you need to get things moving.

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Guarded excitement

The move to running electric vehicles on fleets will start taking a huge leap forward for many businesses on the back of the Government’s announcement that it’s bringing the internal combustion engine sales ban forwards a decade to 2030.

This is around two to three changeover cycles for fleet so it’s absolutely something that should be on the agenda for all fleet operators, as per the BVRLA’s column. And the extra five years for the phasing out of hybrids is much welcome.

But the road to going electric is not necessarily a smooth one, including when it comes to charging. Recent analysis in an Autocar magazine news story, from energy consulting group Cornwall Insight suggests that the number of public charge points per electric vehicle has fallen to its lowest level yet, standing at 0.28 chargers per EV - this equates to just one public charger per four vehicles and is down from around nine per EV at the start of 2018.

The fall has primarily been as a result of Covid-19 stunting charge point installations; however, at the same time, the UK has experienced an increase in EV registrations, showing their rising popularity as a result of changes to BiK. And also a rethink by drivers on both air quality issues and the way they travel, due to a shift to home working.

While it’s heartening to know that the Government is aware of this issue – the creation of ‘Rapid Charging Hubs’ was a key announcement in the Spring 2020 Budget – our 'Fast Charge' feature asks the experts if these hubs are the opportunity they appear, how they will work for fleet and suggests it might be too little, too late.

On the flip side, the opening of Gridserve’s first electric forecourt at Braintree, Essex, is an exciting EV development. Accompanied by a new EV leasing service – said to be the first to be net zero – the forecourt is part of its £1bn programme that will establish 100 sites, able to charge around 30 vehicles at rates of up to 350kW, enabling drivers to add 200 miles of range in just 20 minutes. While their vehicles are charging, owners can then relax and shop – much like you do currently at motorway services – while electricity is generated from both the solar power canopies above the chargers, and a network of hybrid solar farms. All of this makes charging your EV almost as normal as putting petrol or diesel in the tank and potentially actually a better experience.

May I take this opportunity to wish all our readers a happy Christmas and a prosperous 2021.

I hope you enjoy the issue and don’t forget to look out on the final page for the latest news from evfleetworld.co.uk

Martyn Collins Editor

We’re proud to be sponsoring this edition of EV Fleet World. Electrification is a topic that we’ve been passionate about for quite some time and we’re committed to helping fleets and fleet managers discover the benefits of electric vehicles for themselves. One of our key business goals is for our entire funded fleet to be net zero emissions by 2030.

For some fleets, making the switch to electric is straightforward, but we recognise that for many others, it’s a gradual process and it may be difficult to get started. This is one of the reasons we created our new LeasePlan Flexible service. It gives companies an easy way to introduce EVs into their fleets – or even just test the viability of EVs in key roles.

The service can do this because it is built around flexibility. This is something we know is always important to businesses, but the value is even clearer right now. After all, it’s hard to make long-term plans about fleet expansion when the situation over the coming months is so unclear.

With LeasePlan Flexible, fleets can access a range of low-emission, low BIK cars for as little as three months – but with the freedom to keep them for as long as they need, with no costly or inconvenient swaps. If you’ve been holding back on introducing EVs to your fleet, it could be just what you need to get things moving.