Fleet News

Charging network key to increasing EV residuals, says Glass's

Electric car

A much larger electric vehicle charging infrastructure is one of the main developments required if electric vehicle residual values are to become competitive with petrol and diesel, says Glass's.

Rupert Pontin, director of valuations, says that there is a level of curiosity among some used buyers about EVs but that the issue for most is range anxiety - something that would partly be solved by more chargers.

He explained: "Effectively, we need chargers to become as much an everyday sight as a petrol station. They have to become an accepted part of everyday life and for people to see them in use regularly.

"When that starts to happen, we believe EV residual values will start to match and possibly exceed conventional vehicles. Until then, unless there is an unlikely step change in battery technology, range anxiety will be an issue."

Rupert said that some families were buying lower cost EVs such as the Renault Zoe to use as second cars on local journeys but that even here residuals were less than conventional propulsion systems.

For example, the Zoe Dynamique Nav with batteries at 12 months and 12k with 38% retained value lagged behind the class benchmark Ford Fiesta 1.5TDCi Zetec 5dr at 52% at the same age and mileage.

"This is not the fault of the product - cars like the Zoe and the Nissan Leaf are excellent - but they will remain of minority interest until the charging issue is sorted out.

"There have been rumours recently that the Government will announce workplace charging grants sometime this year and that would be a very welcome development. Fleets may well have a part to play in encouraging widespread adoption of EVs.

"However, the issue of residual values will also be a problem for some fleets because they may make lease rates uncompetitive unless there is a high level of manufacturer support. We are very much in a cart and horse situation."

Click here for electric cars and hybrids best practice and procurement insight

Login to comment


  • Gordy - 05/07/2016 13:38

    Great news. For those people wanting to expand their own charging network you can buy additional sockets (for installation at parents, friends and family, work or wherever the landowner gives permission) from all over the place now including on eBay! Let the EV revolution begin!!

  • Gerry Skerritt - 08/07/2016 09:57

    My 11 Reg Nissan leaf gives me a 92 mile range when I charge it to full however I only ever get half that (and I drive almost all the time in Eco Mode in peak traffic - 4 miles at a time to work). When I take it on the motorway that reduces to a 40 mile range so an 80 mile journey would take me 80 mins (driving at 60mph) + an extra 30 - 40 to charge at a service station so its not at all practical. When Ecotricity starts charging £5 to charge to 50% that would mean 20-23pence per mile for me. I've had it checked by Nissan twice and they say there is nothing wrong with my car. . Really???? I've been offered £4,500 as a trade in so that's a heck of a depreciation

  • Colin Marney - 10/07/2016 12:38

    While l agree with cleaning up the air, how can the mayor include all old motorcycles ?. For example, an old honda c50, does approximately 120mpg!. £12.50 a day is appalling. Pricing the poorer of the road. Sadiq l am disgusted with you.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee