Where to start with Electric
Where to start with Electric
Making the switch to electric vehicles
Increasing business overheads mean that now more than ever before, the onus is on identifying efficiency opportunities. But to what extent can having the right fleet mix drive better value for your business?
Certainly, the facts and figures demonstrate that pure electric vehicles like the ID. family can not only help you meet your sustainability goals but can help you improve efficiencies. The cost of charging at home can be less than refuelling a conventional petrol or diesel car and simpler drivetrains and fewer moving parts also help to lower running costs. In addition, electric vehicles currently sit in a lower tax band, offering Class 1A NIC savings to employers and Benefit-in-Kind savings for company car drivers.
There have also been significant advancements in the charging infrastructure that can help you make the switch and, as we follow our own Way to Zero, we’re working hard to add value here too. Whether it’s helping you and your drivers install a home charger from our preferred wall box supplier Ohme, you can count on us to help with your current and future plans.
Given the government's Road to Zero Strategy, many fleets are already making the switch. However, when determining whether electric vehicles are right for your business or not – there are some important factors to consider.
Is an EV right for your business?
As a fleet decision-maker, some of the questions you may want to consider to assess feasibility include: How well do electric vehicles suit the role and operational requirements? Which routes would most suit an electric vehicle? Which vehicles have the most predictable usage patterns?
Gathering accurate data on your fleet’s mileage in particular — perhaps using telematics data collected over some time – can help ensure that electric vehicles are deployed in the right places. Moreover, this analysis can also support you in calculating a true picture of the likely whole life cost. To help you find out how ready your drivers are to make the transition to electric, visit our e‑Mobility tools.
How practical and feasible is charging?
To help your drivers make the most of an electric vehicle, you’ll need to consider how convenient it will be for them to charge at home – especially if charging at work is not an option. For instance, you may have drivers living in apartment blocks, or houses without a dedicated parking space. In this case, you may need to investigate other options including kerbside charging or on-street chargers.
To support your fleet drivers charging their vehicles on-the-go, our We Charge service means they can easily find and use thousands of public charge points across Europe with a single card. An accurate view of charging costs can also help with reimbursement of business mileage rates.
How keen are your drivers?
Making a successful transition to electric vehicles requires buy-in from your drivers. And whether its addressing concerns relating to range, which no longer ring true thanks to the development of technology, explaining where to charge or how simple it is, or piloting EV so they can better understand the benefits and the operational opportunities, driver education is key to building interest and getting your drivers on board. And if you’re a fleet manager looking to tackle driver or wider stakeholder buy-in, our Fleet team is on hand to help you do just that.
Whatever stage you’re at in your electrification journey, whether you’re a fleet manager or a business owner, you have our fleet team on hand to help support your business.
Sources and access
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/739460/road-to-zero.pdf accessed – 28/11/22