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Why EV charge anxiety could soon be a thing of the past

19th May 2021

When we ask them why their business hasn’t yet made the switch to electric vehicles (EVs), many fleet managers tell us that they’re anxious about range.

We don’t think they should be. The environmental benefits of EVs have been clear for some time – they help reduce carbon emissions and help businesses meet their sustainability goals.

At the same time, the business case for EVs is becoming ever harder to argue against. Running costs can be as low as 1p per mile, with petrol and diesel vehicles costing between 8 and 10p per mile. They also incur reduced National Insurance Contributions for businesses.

The one factor that was believed to stand in the way of choosing EVs – range – is rapidly becoming less and less important.

This change is thanks to advances in technology, rapidly falling costs and massively greater investment.

It’s happening right across the EV market. Existing specialists such as Tesla and relative newcomers including Polestar are making huge strides. And it’s all boosted by the arrival of what seems like a constant stream of new EV models from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle manufacturers.

In short, fleet managers have never had so many choices when it comes to EVs. So here are six reasons why we believe charge anxiety shouldn’t hold you back.

Better batteries

While early EVs only offered a short range between charges, newer models can go much further. The reason for this is simple: batteries.

Some older batteries could hold less charge, for less time. That effectively limited the distance EVs could travel between charges. Unless fleet managers chose from the very top of the range, there was no way around this.

However, newer and bigger batteries have made ranges of 200 miles or more from a full charge the new normal.

Le Mans goes hybrid

As batteries continue to evolve, there’s no reason why ranges of 350 miles and more between charges shouldn’t be expected. The last two winners of the world’s toughest endurance motor race, the Le Mans 24 Hours, have been powered by hybrid engines.

Ferrari are reported to be considering building an electric supercar. Their message is simple: this is a proven technology whose time has come.

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Short-distance driving

The vast majority of journeys are much shorter than the range of the smaller EVs on the market, often covering less than 10 miles in a day.

There’s rarely any chance of an EV running out of charge. Most of these drives are relatively short ‘hops’ from one destination to another, rather than range-taxing, long-distance journeys.

In fact, this is the fundamental perspective that drives our whole team’s entire approach to EVs. And why we’re completely committed to placing charging points at these destinations – at homes and workplaces, supermarkets, sports venues, retail parks, airports and hotels.

Working this way means EV drivers will always have the opportunity to keep their vehicles powered up . Recharging on the electrical equivalent of petrol forecourts will only be needed for those rare, long-distance journeys.

Just as your drivers don’t worry nowadays about driving on half a tank of petrol or diesel, low charge shouldn’t be a concern. It’s going to be easy for them to top up when they reach their destination, especially in an urban area.

The growing public charging network

There are now many public EV charging points available, with more coming online all the time. It’s true that they don’t always seem easy to find, and they’re a lot less visible than a branded service station forecourt.

But once they're all clearly signposted and there's standardisation around the ways you use and pay for fast charging, the anxiety will naturally ease.

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A wider electrification journey

Drivers and fleet managers alike are at the beginning of our journey towards e-mobility. And wider society is, too.

E-mobility options are increasingly attractive across all modes of transport, with e-scooters and e-bikes popular in urban areas. These allow people to move quickly and efficiently, without the associated emissions of ICE vehicle use.

As we continue to navigate towards an electrified future and an electrified transport network, the move to EVs falls into context. It may feel strange now, but in the future - the near future - EVs will be the norm. And you don't have to navigate it alone.

A helping hand, all the way

Changing to an EV fleet may seem like a major challenge to face on your own. But you don’t have to. There are partners who can help explore all the issues around switching to EVs.

We’re one of them. Our team can advise you on the right infrastructure, including where charging points and connection to your local Distribution Network Operators. We'll also support you as you make the business case for the necessary investment.

We’re actively helping our customers to make the switch right now. With real-time telematics, you'll have detailed data on your fleet and drivers. We’ll guide you through every step of the journey, so you get the bespoke solution that’s right for you, your drivers, and your business.

To find out more about how we can help you, contact our EV team today.

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