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Fleet Evolution dispels EV ‘myths’

Andrew Leech

Fleet Evolution is urging fleet operators to ignore reports that electric vehicles (EVs) are more expensive than petrol or diesel models and that there is not adequate charging infrastructure.

It says these ‘myths’ need exposing and that EVs are set to play a major role on the road to decarbonising UK transport.

When addressing the price difference between electric models and petrol or diesel equivalents, Fleet Evolution founder and managing director Andrew Leech pointed out that a Skoda Enyaq costs just £1,000 more than a Kodiaq diesel.

He said: “That £1,000 differential will be recouped in a matter of months because of the much lower running, fuel and maintenance costs of the electric model.”

Reports that the country lacks sufficient charging infrastructure are also false, according to Fleet Evolution .

Leech explained: “Our research amongst our customer base shows us that EV drivers who can charge at home in their driveaway or in a garage only need to use the public charging infrastructure five times a year on the occasions when they travel 200 miles or more.

“However, there are currently over 30,000 public charge points in UK in over 11,000 locations, with typically around 500 more being added every month on average.

“And the rate of deployment is now increasing with Zap-Map reporting 841 new charge points added in the last 30 days alone, with 139 of these being rapid chargers.

“So there is the capacity when it is needed, especially for those drivers who can charge at home.”

He added that the Government does need to “step up to the mark” and boost the installation of kerbside charging, such as in lamp posts, for those drivers without access to a drive or a garage.

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