A lack of policy initiatives to encourage fleets to adopt electric vehicles (EVs) is preventing EVs from fullfilling their potential in the sector,Â a new insight paper suggests.
The report by Pixie Energy, a subsidiary of energy market analysts Cornwall Insight, has found that not only are fleets not being considered enough in the current discussion around EVs, but that there is also a gap between the fleet sector and power sector that prevents them from building up mutual aims and understanding.
The insight paper, titled Arming the Fleet â€“ accelerating business scale adoption â€“ has concluded that the fleet sector must overcome challenges such as these before it will be able to take up EVs on a larger scale.
Tom Lusher, analyst at Pixie Energy, said: â€˜TheÂ EV policy debate thus far has paid inadequate attention to the interest of the fleet industry, with a lack of a clear policy and direction directly related to how fleets are going to be electrified. This is hindering fleet managers achieving large-scale BEV adoption.
â€˜This is further exacerbated by the understandable but limited engagement between the fleet industry and the power sector.â€™
Fleets form a huge part of the UK transport industry with around five million fleet vehicles on the roads of Great Britain.
However, Pixieâ€™s insight paper raises into question whether this is accurately being considered in the push towards EVs.
Pixie Energyâ€™s insight paper recommends several interventions including creating a forum to drive engagement across the fleet industry and power sector.
It also stresses that â€˜simpleâ€™ and â€˜effectiveâ€™ policy action must be taken immediately, while innovation bridges must be also drawn between the two sectors.
â€˜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,â€™ Lusher concluded.
â€˜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.â€™
Pixie Energyâ€™s report comes as businesses are increasingly considering EVs as viable options for their fleets.
Last week the car-sharing companies car2go and DriveNow announced that they have merged to form a new company called Share Now.
Following the merger between the BMW and Daimler-owned firms, a fleet of more than 20,000 BMW, Mercedes-Benz, smart and MINI vehicles will be available in 30 cities in Europe and North America.
DriveNow recently expanded its electric car fleet in London in a move it said will help tackle air pollution in the capital.
DriveNow has added 130 new all-electric BMW i3s to its existing fleet of electric cars in London, expanding the cityâ€™s fleet of BMW i3s to 180.