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Global Fleet Expert
Director of International Consultancy Services
Posted on: 10 April 2013

Electric Vehicles: do they meet your mobility needs?

Electric Vehicles

Green and lean: that’s the promise behind the increasingly popular electric cars. If you’re looking to check out whether they fit your mobility needs, read on …..

Companies looking to make the environment a viable part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Policy are introducing electric vehicles into their fleet. But, besides the obvious environmental advantages, what other aspects should you consider before deciding to replace petrol or diesel cars?

The 5 e-ssentials of eVehicles:

1 – Sharp driving for short distances only

Pool cars, urban delivery services, short distance commuters or transportation on factory premises and all short distance mobility needs are what you should be looking at. Because with a driving range restricted to around 150 km, EVs are not (yet) suitable for longer distances.

2 – Quick battery charging time

It takes only half an hour using a quick charger to get a battery fully recharged. That’s quick and useful if you’re in a hurry. Regular, daily charging can be done outside working hours by simply plugging in to a normal power socket.

3 – Charging points

The number of public charging points is increasing fast. And many of them offer free top ups! Which means many journeys can be made for free. If charging points are scarce, it might well be worthwhile to provide company parking spaces with power sockets or quick chargers.

4 – Lower running costs

Electric cars come with the promise of lower running costs, but the purchase price is (for the time being) higher than a diesel or petrol car. You’ll need to balance a higher investment with lower running costs and fiscal benefits.

5 – Tax benefits and more…

The Plug-in Car Grant in the UK, lower VAT, free parking and free charging at charge points, exemption from congestion charging, toll free travel on highways: just a few of the many fiscal an other benefits that are available for EVs. Of course, such benefits vary widely per country, so be sure to check local EV incentives.

You’ll need to balance a higher investment with lower running costs and fiscal benefits

The bottom line of EVs

All things considered, the introduction of EVs in your fleet can have its pros and cons.  But, if the average journey is less than 150 km and journey planning allows for charging, switching over to EVs could be a smart way of meeting your company’s environmental targets.

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Global Fleet Expert

Saskia Harreman, with a long history in the automotive industry joined LeasePlan International in 2000 in the field of account management. She then moved into the Global Coordination team and was involved in business process management, legal and ICT structure for LeasePlan International. Other responsibilities included product development and internal training.

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