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Drivers unaware of EV capabilities for long journeys

New research shows that more work is needed to educate drivers on the range capabilities of electric vehicles and the growing coverage offered by the charging network.

According to a survey by LeasePlan UK, more than three-quarters (76%) of UK drivers say they would not opt for an electric vehicle because ‘long distance’ trips are not yet possible. Yet the firm adds that almost all motorists in Britain travel less than 100 miles each day, well within the capability of most, pure electric vehicles.

Lesley Slater, operations and business development director at LeasePlan UK, also highlighted the developments in the charging infrastructure, saying: “One of the biggest concerns we also know among motorists and businesses alike to date is that the infrastructure for electric vehicles hasn’t been reliable enough, but as of February 2016 nearly 4,000 UK locations have installed public charging points.”

Slater added that fleets and individuals could be losing out by not considering EVs: “For the fleet industry in particular, the day of the ULEV is dawning, whether it’s as a company car or a working van. Green vehicles can now play a role in helping businesses deliver on the expectations of both local and national governments, as well as helping organisations meet their own sustainability objectives.”

To help dispel some of the myths, LeasePlan UK has created a webpage dedicated to explaining the ins-and-outs of all Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEVs).

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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