Fleets urged to adopt EV approach

Fleets urged to adopt EV approach

The fleet industry needs to make greater strides to reduce carbon emissions despite boasting the largest volume of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads, according to a trade association.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVLRA) made the plea at a workshop, which was held in conjunction with the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Fleet managers were briefed about the results of the EST's Plugged-in-Fleets Initiative (PIFI) report, which highlighted cost-effective ways to implement electric vehicles, a move which may save money on car insurance costs.

The Government has since awarded additional funding for the EST to undertake another 100 PIFI audits, with the BVLRA set to recommend the scheme to its customers.

John Lewis, BVLRA chief executive, said: "It is really encouraging to hear that, even with high list prices, residual value uncertainty and a lack of long-term user incentives, it is still possible to make a business case for running plug-in vehicles, in the right circumstances."

Caroline Watson, knowledge manager at EST, said: "Support from BVRLA enables us to reach a wide range of lease companies and their clients who will be vital in the fleet market's transition to electrification."

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