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Workplace charging point grants would be ‘major boost’ to EV adoption, says Chevin

So says Chevin Fleet Solutions, adding that it would be a “major boost to adoption”.

Ashley Sowerby, managing director, said: “Having a charging point at your place of work or client sites would make the experience of operating a fleet EV much more practical.

“Also, we believe that simply having a charging point fitted at work will create a degree of driver and corporate curiosity about the whole subject of EVs and their possibilities for fleet. It is all about creating momentum.”

Sowerby said he believes a ‘tipping point’ for EVs is approaching but added that “we need to move to a position where charging points are simply part of the landscape, in order for fleets to consider ULEVs as a mainstream option”.

He commented: “Government support to do this would be a very positive move. It is another step on the road towards making EVs part of the normal fleet proposition, especially bearing in mind the current London consultation on air quality and the fact that programmes such as the Go Ultra Low cities are coming into effect.”

Chevin has taken delivery of its first EV, with Sowerby now driving a Tesla Model S, aided by charging points fitted at home and at the company’s premises.

However, he added that a greater choice of models was still required to help boost adoption.

“The absence of EV models in the mid-size executive sector and the high cost of hybrids has to a certain extent restricted options. We believe that a wider choice is urgently needed,” Sowerby concluded.

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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