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The future of electric vehicles

By Holly Dempster September 28, 2020

The future of electric vehicles begins now

Electric vehicles (EV) are the future of transportation. They’re a key piece of the puzzle when it comes to improving environmental sustainability and we’re therefore seeing the shift towards EVs. This applies to commercial vehicles, such as fleets of LCVs, just as much as passenger vehicles.

A fleet management solution can help manage electric vehicle fleets smarter and more efficiently for the sake of the environment but also for the sake of your budget. Beyond utilising electric vehicles for a sustainable future, EVs can also help you simplify compliance with emissions regulations and reduce your operational costs—the best of both worlds. So, it’s high time we took further steps towards electrification.

Let’s dive into the ins and outs of future electric vehicle fleets and why it’s worth your while to electrify your fleet.

The status quo and future trajectory

Currently, electric vehicles still represent only a small proportion of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). As recently as 2018, only 0.3% of new vans were electric, while 96.2% of vans on the road were diesel powered. However, this landscape is poised to change dramatically. 

The upward trend in EV sales figures from the past few years demonstrates how electric vehicles are the future of transportation in Europe. From 2018 to 2019, there was a whopping 44% increase in battery electric vehicle (BEV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales in Europe. This followed a 34% increase in overall EV sales across Europe between 2017 and 2018 – a period in which global EV sales totalled approximately 2.1 million, an increase of 64%. In short, the future of electric vehicles is already beginning.

There are various reasons why the future of electric vehicles looks bright—not least the benefits they can bring to your fleet and business:

Benefits of fleet electrification

Environmental: Fleet decarbonisation shows a commitment to sustainable practises and dedication to action on climate change. It’s also a great way to meet sustainability commitments such as the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Economical: Total cost of ownership calculations improve the business case for new electric cars due to their lower operating costs.

Social and health: Electric vehicles can lead to improved driver experiences and reduced driver fatigue as a result of less noise, fumes and vibrations.

Reputational: Fleet electrification demonstrates an ethical and forward-thinking organisation that is on top of emerging technologies.

In addition to the advantages EVs bring to fleet managers and automakers, the measures that governments and the EU are implementing to encourage electrification further indicate that they’re the future.

Governmental emission reduction targets

EU legislation has set mandatory emissions and fossil fuel reduction targets for new cars since 2009 and since 2011 for new vans. The most recent regulation, (EU) 2019/631, sets CO2 emission targets for newly registered passenger cars and vans. For vans and LCVs, the target reduction is 15% from 2025 on and 37.5% from 2030 on.

The UK government is also committing to long-term targets on emissions reduction, paving the way for the increased adoption of electric vehicles. These include:

  • Up to 40% of new van sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030
  • No sales of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040
  • Almost every car and van to be zero-emission by 2050

These governmental commitments across Europe underline the importance of electric vehicles to a sustainable future. Not only does adopting electric vehicles bring many benefits for fleet managers, pivoting to an electric vehicle fleet may be necessary sooner rather than later due to the government’s targets.

Tax benefits and purchase incentives

In addition, there are several tax benefits and government grants to incentivise the shift to electric vehicles. For example, zero-emission vehicles valued less than £40,000 are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). This applies to both EV acquisition and ownership. In addition, the government offers plug-in grants to vehicle dealerships and manufacturers, up to the value of £3,000. This means that you automatically get a discount on the price of a new low-emission vehicle that’s eligible for the grant. (1)

Embracing the future technology of electric vehicles with Verizon Connect

Given that electric vehicles are the future of transportation, we’re committed to supporting you in managing electric vehicle fleets . Our existing fleet management solutions are already powerful tools at your disposal. Now, we’re launching various new features throughout 2023 to better support electric vehicle tracking and management in Reveal. These features are specially designed to help ease you into the adoption of electric vehicles in your fleet, meet your sustainability goals and reduce costs.

The key features include:

  • Fuel type: Select “Battery Electric Vehicle” fuel type to help you distinguish your EVs from your ICEs (internal combustion engine vehicles).
  • EV icons: New icons to help you quickly identify your EVs on the Live Map, Reports, and Alerts.
  • Mobile support: See your vehicles, EVs, and Asset location and status on the go with the Spotlight app.

Learn more about how Verizon Connect solutions can bring every function of your business together with our free eBook

(1) Verizon Connect does not provide tax advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax advice. You should consult your own tax advisors to seek the proper advice.

Holly Dempster

Holly is the Marketing Specialist for UK & Ireland, Verizon Connect. With 5 years' experience in the IT Sector and a Journalism degree, her passion lies in the power of content. Holly's focus areas to date include, Digital, Channel and Consultative Marketing.

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