Other constraints include the purchase price being higher than that of a petrol or diesel car, and then no charging being available at the employee’s home, which dropped from more than half (55%) last year, to just 37% this year.
Shaun Sadlier, Head of Arval Mobility Observatory in the UK, said: “Although public charging is seen by businesses as the biggest problem when it comes to EV adoption, to a great extent the charging issue that they face can be solved by those employers themselves.
“This issue is especially difficult for the four out of ten motorists who do not have driveways and rely on third parties such as local authorities and commercial charging providers to fit facilities on the streets near their homes. While this is not happening as quickly as these fleets would like, the continued investment in new rapid-charging infrastructure will make operating an EV much easier for those who can’t charge at home in the future.”
Sadlier added it was encouraging that, compared to last year, most of the issues about which fleets were being questioned in the research were now perceived as smaller problems.
“Our view of this is that businesses are becoming more and more accustomed to, and enthusiastic about, EV adoption. The technology, which was previously new to many of them, now holds fewer fears as they can see more and more of these vehicles being successfully used day-to-day on their own fleets, by other businesses, and by private motorists.
WHAT ARE THE CONSTRAINTS YOU FACE IN USING BEVS?
The purchase price is higher than a petrol or diesel car 43% (down from 65% last year)
The range of available models is limited 39% (down from 64% last year)
No charging is available at the employee’s home 37% (down from 55% last year)
No charging is available at our company offices 36% (down from 55% last year)
There are question marks over reliability 27% (down from 34% last year)
Employee reluctance to drive such vehicles 15%