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Power and fleet gap ‘needs to be bridged’ for electric fleets to thrive

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The gap between the power sector and the fleet industry “needs to be bridged” if EVs are to be adopted by fleets on a large scale.

In a new insight paper, Pixie Energy has identified a need for a clear policy for encouraging fleets to adopt EVs. There also needs to be greater communication between the fleet industry and the power sector for fleets to capitalise on EVs and “the supporting infrastructural and regulatory and policy architecture being built around them.”

Analyst at Pixie Energy, Tom Lusher, says that fleets could lead the way on EV rollout if “properly supported” but to do this “there needs to be a fundamental shift in the thinking of all parties involved.”

There is an opportunity for fleets to move electric vehicles from an innovative niche to a serious business proposition and realise significant environmental and financial benefits.

Tom Lusher, Pixie Energy

“There is excellent potential for fleets to capitalise on EVs and the supporting infrastructural and regulatory and policy architecture being built around them,” Lusher continued.

Pixie Energy’s recommendations come only a month after The Climate Group released a report pointing to more than 30 leading companies introducing over 145, 000 EVs to their fleets in 66 individual markets.

In a more UK-focused move, UK Power Networks (UKPN) and delivery giant UPS are currently taking part in a new pilot looking to demonstrate the commercial viability of wireless EV chargers. It is hoped that this will be a significant boost for the adoption of EVs in commercial fleets.

“The momentum for electrifying road transport is growing with Battery Electric Vehicles expected to dominate as we head towards 2040. Early electrification of the fleet network could accelerate the achievement of the government’s objectives.” Lusher added.

The government is aiming to phase-out the sale of new conventional vehicles by 2040, a date that has been heavily criticised by the BEIS Select Committee for lacking ambition.

“For the fleet industry to be able to roll-out EVs effectively there needs to be greater engagement between all stakeholders across the power sector and fleet managers.” Lusher said.

“By allowing a broader conversation around EVs that spans the two industries, they will be able to identify the challenges facing fleet electrification and cooperate on innovations designed to combat them.”

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