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Since the beginning of 2020 and at the dawn of 2021 and a second lockdown, companies operating larger fleets took advantage of innovative technologies and conducted pilot tests to assess whether Electric mobility was a viable solution for their organisations.

During lockdown, many vehicles were sat in parking lots or garages, with limited scope for travel, this provided a perfect opportunity for lorry, truck, and van operators to test the EV waters. Global fleets are rapidly exploring new opportunity and the potential of what could be a lucrative incentive to their businesses, Electric mobility has not ceased during a time of uncertainty across the industry.

While many organisations struggled, fleet operators saw an opportunity which has led to electrification far sooner than expected.

Engaging electrification.

While world economies are predicting that low oil prices are reducing the transition to EVs, analysts don’t see any indication that the pandemic is affecting the long-term trends toward electrification. In fact, many governments around the world are betting on  EVs and more still view the crisis as an opportunity “to speed up a change which is already viewed as inevitable.” A recent survey  found that 45% of people say that “the radical improvement on air pollution” since the pandemic began has caused them to consider an EV as their next vehicle. New numbers back that up: while overall vehicle registrations in the UK are predictably down (31% year on year in 2020), battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations increased by over 200%.

Amazon is leading the way with their commitment to electrifying their delivery network!

Amazon empowering the sector to transition.

The world’s largest delivery fleets are making incredible investments in e-mobility. In January, UPS plans to add 10,000 BEV trucks for a fleet pilot beginning this year after purchasing a minority stake in EV-maker Arrival. In its quest to be carbon neutral by 2040, online retailer Amazon recently announced plans to purchase 100k electric vans from electric start-up Rivian. Delivery fleets are experiencing positive outcomes following 2020 and are focused on the move to more reliable, affordable, and cleaner electric vehicles. Consumer demand is driving the need for more frequent deliveries and shorter delivery times, which means large orders are sometimes split up, necessitating the need for even more vehicles and more trips.

Electrification 10X

Without clean options, delivery fleets are increasingly at odds with government mandates for emission reductions; rules that may become more stringent going forward. In Europe, by leveraging a combination of regulations and incentives, 24 cities with a combined population of over 62 million people remove internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles from cities entirely by 2030. Electric trucks, vans and buses cost less than their ICE counterparts and, with battery prices falling, will reach cost parity with traditional vehicles by mid-decade. With the many local government incentives and grants available, many EVs are already less expensive today. Take advantage of VOLLTs ability to leverage UK and EU funding.

What does the future hold?

My guess is that everyone with a conscience will hasten the push for lower greenhouse gases (GHGs) and harmful emissions from transportation, whether it be a small organisation with a dozen vehicle or a large company with 1000s, as a civilisation we are all in this together. As we’ve seen time again throughout this crisis, we have noticed that as we are returning to the new norm and once people identify a need, they’ll do whatever it takes to address it. Now that we can all picture a world without air and noise pollution, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a reality. In fact, in a word I’m hearing more and more these days, it’s inevitable.

Charging an EV fleet requires more than simply plugging in. You need an affordable charging solution that integrates with your current operations, so your vehicles are ready to go when your drivers need them.

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