Fleet future, the EVolution of transport?
Year-on-year sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are increasing, with sales set to reach 21 million units by the year 2031. Customer demand increases while infrastructure and grid management remain a hot topic for discussion. As the UK works towards net zero emissions by 2030, new initiatives are emerging that are increasingly providing debate surrounding the future of EVs.
Despite increasing number of deployed vehicles that are EVs in the Fleet sector, things have not developed as quickly as some people had hoped and the requirement for immediate action is necessary.
Here are some likely trends you will notice in the coming year:
1) Electric Trucks
2021 will be the year of the electric truck and van. The electric truck and van sector is quite literally picking up speed, with several new launches from major Vehicle manufacturers expected this year, new commercial vehicles from Electric only manufacturers set to take the spotlight this year.
So far, several large vehicle manufacturers have come to the forefront of the EV revolution and simultaneously developed outstanding vehicles that will change the direction of short distance/ long distance haulage businesses. A very significant change in the sector and a driving force to what will be the future of Electrical fleet solutions.
2) Short distance EV fleets
Last minute or next day delivery will continue to electrify, other short-distance fleets will also see rapid growth in 2021. With new vehicles developed for distribution centres, railway depots etc., where there is no concern over the range and on-the-road charging infrastructure, will see a larger and faster-growing electric network and more often a rapid charger available to add additional miles to your vehicle battery.
Garbage trucks will follow soon after, as they offer short routes with regular and assured depot charging during predictable and consistent.
In 2020, transportation policy will become increasingly local. Taxes and incentives will continue to be put in place impacting both drivers and businesses that will help drive increased EV adoption around the world These changes will benefit Fleet organisations and standardise the sector for years to come/
Expect to see more low emission zones with the addition of Birmingham and Essex added to the list and diesel plans across the country. This will drive an acceleration of the electrification of urban delivery vans and trucks.
4) Committing to the future
The number of fleets making the commitment to shift to electric has increased significantly, and 2021 is the year of electric fleet pilot testing. Companies are realising a lack of charging infrastructure is not an argument for most fleets, as they return to base every night, and that the financial benefits are substantial. Amazon and DHL have already committed – offering up a huge number of EVs (over 20k) to UK roads.
The future of electrification is inevitable, Process, Pilot, planning, and implementation is a must. VOLLT offer a full EV electrification Ecosystem designed to keep your vehicles on the road.
While these trends are forecasted the question remains, what are you doing as a business to contribute to Green House Gas emission and Business carbon emission reduction?
Contact VOLLT to plan your EV enablement journey.
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