Air quality concerns, climate change, customer demand, and corporate social responsibilities are all putting increasing pressure on UK businesses to accelerate their investment in electric vehicles.
With the launch of more pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vans this year, companies and their drivers have greater choice than ever before. Meanwhile, the all-important total cost of ownership calculations are also starting to tip the balance away from the traditional petrol and diesel vehicles in favour of electric.
However, there are still many considerations for businesses looking to take their first step into the electric market, as well as continued learnings for those that have started the journey.
The Fleet News Electric Fleet Virtual Conference – March 23-24 – will provide guidance, insight and learning from industry experts and fleet decision-makers to enable businesses of all sizes to make a more rapid and smoother transition to electric.
Day one (March 23) will focus on Vehicles and Mobility, with sessions assessing the political roadmap towards decarbonisation, forthcoming vehicles and technology, total cost of ownership, aftercare and establishing an EV mobility strategy.
On day two (March 24), the emphasis will switch to EV Charging Infrastructure, with sessions putting the spotlight on effective, future-proofed workplace charging, eco-driving advice, public charging infrastructure and business collaboration.
Headline sponsors are BP Pulse and LeasePlan, with session sponsorship by EDF Energy, Geotab and Kwik-Fit, so far – more opportunities are available.
Among the confirmed speakers are Robert Evans, CEO, Cenex; Greg Archer, UK director, Transport & Environment; Philip New, chair, EV Energy Taskforce and chief executive, Energy Systems Catapult; Fraser Crichton, corporate fleet operations manager, Dundee City Council; Tim Andersen, head of transport, Energy Saving Trust; and Jeremy Yapp, head of flexible energy systems, Beama, the UK trade association for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure technologies and systems.
Stephen Briers, editor-in-chief of Fleet News, said: “With the Government bringing forward the ban on sales of new petrol/diesel cars and vans to 2030, and hybrids in 2035, the need for companies to start introducing electric vehicles onto their fleets has become even more urgent.
“This year will see lots of new EVs come to market giving more choice than ever before, but there are many learnings for businesses when it comes to choosing the right vehicles, understanding the range of technologies and, perhaps most challenging, establishing an effective workplace charging infrastructure.
“The Electric Fleet conference will draw on the knowledge of the UK’s top EV experts who will provide best practice advice to ensure you have a pain-free journey to electric.”