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40% of Local Authorities yet to engage with the fleet sector when considering EV charging needs

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association who represent over 1,000 companies engaged in vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management, have found that 40% of Local Authorities are showing no signs of fleet engagement on the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles. 

Gerry Keaney, the association’s Chief Executive, said: ‘The fleet sector is pulling the nation forward on its drive to decarbonise, but charging infrastructure is failing to keep up. Local Authorities have the power to make a real difference and we want to help them help fleets.’

Gerry Keaney, the BVRLA Chief Executive

The BVRLA membership represents a combined fleet of four million cars, vans and trucks: one-in-ten of all vehicles on UK roads. 

These results form part of the association’s new Fleet Friendly Charging Index which provides a detailed overview of how much progress local authorities (LAs) across the UK have made on their local charging infrastructure plans. 

Based on a series of Freedom of Information requests at the end of 2022, local authorities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland shared details on what, if any, EV infrastructure plans they currently have in place, and it revealed that only 37% of authorities have an EV strategy, while only 3% have ‘clearly engaged with, or considered the needs of, the fleet sector’
 
Results, which can be viewed on an interactive map also outline where the fleet sector has been consulted in the development of such plans, as well as where  resources are being made available to support fleet transition to electric vehicles. 
 
Gerry Keaney again; ‘Armed with our Fleet Charging Guide, we are supercharging our engagement on this topic. Conversations are taking place with decision makers the length and breadth of the country. The Index shows where the most collaboration is needed, and we are fully equipped to share the insights that will shape a fleet friendly network from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.’

 

 

 

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