In light of the UK’s plan to decarbonise cars and vans, Nick Hann, head of Frameworks at Pretium, explores how fleet owners can ensure they make a smooth and successful transition
The UK is on course to decarbonise cars and vans at a faster rate than any other G7 country, but what impact will this have on fleet management?
The government’s two step-plan to accelerate a greener transport future will see an end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 and a requirement for all new cars and vans to be fully zero emission at the tailpipe from 2035.
With the end of petrol and diesel vehicle sales on the horizon, many companies and organisations are questioning what their fleet will look like in the future and the timetable poses several challenges for fleet owners whose current vehicle stock comprises traditionally fuelled vehicles.
Continuing to purchase or committing to fixed long-term lease agreements for vehicles that run on petrol or diesel doesn’t make sense but switching to a fully electric fleet and installing the necessary infrastructure is an expensive and time-consuming process.
Choice and flexibility will be a fundamental requirement as you plan your journey from internal combustion engines to battery electric vehicles, and organisations need to find a solution that enables them to gradually replace their vehicles with electric alternatives at a pace to suit their business.
“All organisations need to start giving some thought to what their future fleet looks like and how they will manage the necessary changes – standing still isn’t an option”
There will be a significant period of change and learning for fleet owners as they begin to make the switch.
Managing an electric fleet can bring a host of challenges, from changing work practices to understanding and installing the necessary infrastructure.
Consideration needs to be given to how and where vehicles will be charged, ready for the day ahead.
For example, will it take place in the workplace or at operatives’ homes? And what provisions will be made for operatives who live in accommodation that is unsuitable for charging infrastructure such as tower blocks?
With the deadline looming ever closer and global sales of electric vehicles on the rise, all organisations need to start giving some thought to what their future fleet looks like and how they will manage the necessary changes.
Standing still simply isn’t an option.
Pretium Frameworks Ltd is part of the echelon Group, a Housing Digital Stakeholder and UK-wide procurement consultancy. It develops and manages specialist PCR 2015-compliant frameworks on behalf of contracting authorities operating in the public sector across the UK. These include a Flexible Fleet services framework delivered by Northgate Vehicle Hire.
Image: Nick Hann, head of Frameworks, Pretium
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