Better EV infrastructure essential for smooth vehicle deliveries, says Engineius
Planned investment in the EV charging infrastructure is not only essential for electric vehicle end-users but also for the vehicle movement sector too.
That’s according to rapidly growing vehicle movement specialist Engineius, which has welcomed the recent announcement by Ofgem of a £300m investment to support the UK’s electric vehicle revolution, helping to triple the UK’s ultra-rapid charging network.
The business is seeing a significant increase in the number of EVs it delivers and added that the investment by the energy regulator to support a further 3,550 EV charging points is very much needed.
According to Zap Map figures, between the end of 2016 and 2020 there was a 220% increase of 220% in the number of public chargers.
But the number of EVs that Engineius delivers across the UK has increased by 700% since 2019 alone.
Calum Slowther, commercial director for Engineius, explained: “Our goal at Engineius is to make vehicle movement as easy, cost-effective and with the lowest emissions possible.”
The firm added that issues with EV deliveries can result in both a poor end-user experience and a less favourable first impression of EVs.
Range anxiety is also particularly bad in vehicle movement as journeys tend to be long and communication with the customer during the delivery is key to managing expectations, due to the unpredictability of the time taken to recharge en-route.
Moreover, charging problems are compounded by a lack of charging infrastructure near its prep sites. In practice, this means EVs often begin their delivery journey with a low level of charge.
Slowther, commercial director for Engineius, said: “Currently the cost saving to the fleet manager on fuel with an EV delivery has been replaced by labour time. The ultra-fast chargers being installed will significantly reduce the cost of EV deliveries to customers and offer the whole benefit of an EV to the fleet.”