Almost half of today’s UK fleets (46%) are without any
electric vehicles, but most fleet managers (89%) expect them to play a dominant
role in their company’s fleet before 2028.
The UK-wide study of 250 fleet managers, conducted by
Censuswide with Geotab, which claims to be
a global leader in the Internet of Things and connected transportation, demonstrated
the rising preference for alternative vehicles, the call for government action
and technological advancements to support and accelerate the transition to a
fully electric future.
The findings were based on a UK-wide study of 250 fleet
managers. The majority of those surveyed were in charge of fleets of more than 25
vehicles, which included cars, vans and trucks.
According to the study, government incentives (48%),
improvements in charging infrastructure (48%) and an improved selection of
models by motor manufacturers (32%), are the leading motivators in the
transition to a fully electric fleet.
An overwhelming majority of fleet managers (88%) also
anticipate the government to bring in regulations regarding the implementation
of electric vehicle fleets - similar to the ‘Road to Zero’
With sustainability top of mind, more than half (59%) of
respondents agreed that the main benefit of electrification was the environmental
impact. That was followed by increasing fuel costs (46%) and potential cost
reductions in the operation, maintenance and upkeep of fleets (42%).
On the other hand, said Geotab, fleet managers were still
facing major barriers, including high vehicle costs, long charging times and
the low distance range of today’s vehicles.
Additional findings included:
- At an almost even split, 38% of UK fleets
surveyed used a telematics provider that supported electric vehicles, while 31%
used a provider that did not support electric vehicles
- Less than 2% of all fleet managers surveyed
claim there were no benefits to electrifying their fleets
- 16% of managers surveyed had a fleet that was
currently made up of 26%-50% electric vehicles
- 31% claimed that improved operational
expenditure would be a major motivator in the transition to an electric vehicle
fleet, aligning with improved capital expenditure (31%).
“These survey results help to demonstrate that the
government’s call for an electric vehicle future is not something businesses
are taking lightly,” said Edward Kulperger, VP Europe at Geotab. “With most
fleet leaders looking to have a fully electric vehicle-dependent fleet over the
next few years, I’'s no longer a question of if, but rather how soon a complete
overhaul can take place.
“Based upon the outcome of this survey, it’s clear that
businesses and fleets feel they now need additional government initiatives and
smart updates to critical infrastructure across the UK. If this can be made a
priority, as a nation, Geotab is confident that the UK can take a spot as one
of the most innovative global leaders trying to help push the widespread
adoption of green transportation in the coming years.”