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6% of fleet operators plan to invest in electric vehicles

The poll was held from 30th April to 7th May. Visitors were asked: “Do you plan to invest in electric vehicles?” A total of 6% said yes.

Kjell Anderton, a director of TrackCompare, said: ‘We were surprised to find that only six per cent would consider investing in electric vehicles.

‘We don’t believe EVs have become mainstream enough for them, which is a shame. Perhaps it’s just a lack of education.

‘However, we had some interesting responses. One person told us they didn’t want their drivers finding ports and then “charging for hours on end”. Another, at a rural location, was worried about the availability of charging points, and others said they were too old-fashioned to consider electric vehicles or didn’t consider they were something they needed. One told us, “Maybe, not sure – it’s not something we have thought about recently.”

‘Of course, there’s still plenty of time to improve people’s knowledge of the potential benefits of electric vehicles. Things take time and maybe in a few more years they will warm to the idea of investing in them.

‘The Government is to invest £500m between 2015 and 2020, which is a move in the right direction and should grab people’s attention. One of its main aims is to encourage the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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 edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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