The prospect of electrification is a daunting but necessary one for many fleet decision makers. Whilst there are challenges on the road to electric vehicle (EV) adoption, research has shown that the transition is often smoother than anticipated.

There is a lot to weigh up when deciding whether to introduce EVs to a fleet. But the hurdles that need to be overcome are surmountable, and AX has created a five-step guide to help fleets start the process.

Naturally, there are several decisions that need to be made that are specific to the vehicle technology, such as ensuring access to charge points, suitably accredited repair centres, and the vehicles themselves.

And it’s well documented that supply chains are still under pressure when it comes to sourcing new EVs. Yet, despite this, the speed of change continues to remain high with EVs recording a new car registration market share of 16.6% in 2022*.

Away from supply chain difficulties, over half of businesses with fleets say that a lack of workplace charging infrastructure is one of the biggest challenges to electric vehicle adoption, according to our research.

To identify how the fleet sector is dealing with EV adoption, we surveyed 151 fleet managers, discovering that workplace charging is a significant concern for 52.3% of respondents even though many businesses are eligible for the Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS).

Despite the existence of the WCS – a grant that businesses can use to reduce the cost of installing electric vehicle charge points for their staff – fleet managers are still concerned about the challenge of workplace charging.

With so much to consider, it’s a necessity to evaluate all potential actions.

As the first accident management company to offer like-for-like replacement EVs to its partners, we have put together a simple, five-step guide called the Roadmap to EV Adoption to help businesses plan their pathway to an electrified fleet.

The guide comprises five key steps for fleets that are looking to start their electrification journey, as well as those that are already in the process of transitioning to EVs. These include:

  • Understanding the fundamental drivers behind a fleet’s transition
  • Carrying out a cost-benefit analysis
  • Assessing power supply requirements
  • Assessing charging infrastructure needs
  • And, how best to support drivers through the changes, plus more.

“Our research has determined that there is still work to be done by businesses if the fleet sector is going to continue to accelerate the pace of electrification. In response, we have created our Roadmap to EV Adoption guide to provide an informative resource that can support our customers – and the wider fleet sector – when making the transition to EVs.”

Scott Hamilton-Cooper, Managing Director of AX Automotive

The Roadmap to EV Adoption guide forms part of our wider campaign focussing on the attitudes towards electrification within the UK fleet sector which saw the launch of our white paper, Fleet EV Adoption 2022: Are UK businesses adapting to the accelerated electric vehicle revolution? Click here to download your free copy.

 

* Battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations in 2022 resulted in a market share of 16.6% according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Download the five-step Roadmap to EV Adoption to plan your path to an electric fleet.

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