Eight years away doesn’t sound too far in the future – does it? Especially when you consider how quickly time has flown during lockdowns over the last 15 months.

2030 is marked out as the year when we will no longer be able to buy new ICE vehicles – but will we be ready for this significant change?

The more I read on this subject and the more I speak to key people in the fleet industry, I am convinced that we will be.

The deadline might be close, but with charging infrastructure growing all the time, this should no longer be a problem by this date. Also, with new model launches greatly increasing the capabilities of EVs, range anxiety shouldn’t be a worry for fleet drivers either.

At EV Fleet World we remain focused on making the transition to electrification as smooth as it can be. In this issue we’ve posed the questions we believe need answering to Joshua Gordon, EV strategy manager at Geotab. Go to page 12 for more details.

Our new Fundamentals section (see page 8) can also help shed light on common myths and questions on EVs, including how much they cost to run and what’s involved in charging.

Still on the subject of the charging infrastructure, we have an interesting insight as to how drivers can make street charging work in the ‘Diary of a Street Charger’ from British Gas smart energy engineer Simon Baker. Check out page 22 to see how he is getting on being part of an electric fleet.

And we have the latest road tests of pure electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell EVs – from the Volkswagen ID.4 to the Toyota Mirai.

I hope you enjoy this issue and make sure you check out the latest news on the final page – plus don’t forget to let us know any other topics you would like to see covered in future issues.

Martyn Collins Editor

Geotab is 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 (EVs) for themselves. One of our key business goals is to support fleets with their transition to electric vehicles in line with the 2030 Government targets.

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. To help you get started with the process, we’ve developed a free tool - the Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment. Armed with the knowledge of which vehicles in their fleet can easily be replaced today with electric, the assessment gives companies an easy way to introduce EVs – or even just test the viability of EVs in key roles.

Asking the right questions to your telematics provider is crucial to the electrification journey. That’s why we help you to consider the following:

● What recommendations for fleet electrification can be made from your existing fleet data? ● What is the basic EV driving and charging data needed to understand performance? ● Is it possible to expand the charging network and make it smarter? ● Can my telematics system be customised for my fleet’s specific charging needs? ● Will my telematics system support electric vehicles now and in the future?

UK fleets will be the catalyst for the transition to EV and are estimated to represent half of all EV sales by 2030.This accelerated timeline leaves fleet managers with only two renewal cycles before the 2030 deadline. With a recent PwC report indicating that the majority of UK fleets have transitioned less than 5% of their fleets, there is pressure on fleet managers to develop the right strategy and make the right transitional choices.

At Geotab, we are well positioned to support fleets with EVs and those considering making the switch. With over 13 years’ experience helping fleets transition to EVs, a world-leading open platform for telematics, and a team of experts in this area, fleet managers can have confidence that working with Geotab would be the right choice...