The surge in electric vehicles

Posted on: 26/09/2014

This week we interviewed EDF Energy at Green Fleet’s trade show to promote efficiency within fleets. The leading names within electric vehicles, including BMW, Alphabet and Toyota, all had a strong presence.

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Our interviews were a breeze as the guys at EDF were very knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. They gave some interesting insights into electric vehicles, which are currently only responsible for around 1% of new car sales. This looks certain to change with Government targeting an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

More and more companies are looking into using electric vehicles for their fleets. Most resistance is because of their price and range, with most EV’s needing to be charged every 100 miles or so. Government are giving subsidies of up to £5,000 on EV sales to make them an affordable alternative to traditional cars. An increased number of rapid charge points are being installed to enable drivers to charge the majority of their battery within around 30 minutes.

Arrive Drive 3The Committee for Climate Change recommended that the UK aims to have 1.7million EV’s on the road by 2020. We’re at such an early stage with EV’s that predicting the number is difficult, especially as the Government hasn’t set targets yet. Some are saying by 2020 up to 10% of UK cars will be EV, but this remains speculation.

We need the Government to firmly back electric vehicles by setting specific targets on production numbers. It’s great that they are subsidising EV purchases but the UK needs firm Government direction to ensure we realise the potential that electric vehicles have.

Our programme on the electric vehicle industry will be broadcast on Sky TV later on this year.

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Written by Martin Stocks | @Stocks1986