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Fleets urged to revisit electric vehicle thinking

Fleets that have previously discounted electric vehicles should make a point of monitoring the EV market over 2019 to see how things are fast-changing.

Arval says new models such as the Hyundai Kona Electric could transform fleet attitudes to EVs

So says Arval as it highlights that fleets that have decided EVs are not for them could see the situation change this year as new models arrive.

Shaun Sadlier, head of consulting at the vehicle leasing company, said that a range of factors from the models available to infrastructure to supply were all still developing rapidly.

He explained: “At the moment there are some great electric vehicles on the market, but there is no getting away from the fact that choice is still limited.

“We lack more cars that can serve as direct alternatives to staple fleet models with a range of perhaps 250 miles and hopefully a recognised badge and established dealer network. However, these cars are coming relatively soon in the shape of the Hyundai Kona, Tesla 3, Volkswagen ID and others.

“The message is that the picture for fleets could change almost in a matter of weeks as these models arrive in dealerships and could transform your attitude to EVs.”

Sadlier added: “The charging infrastructure is growing all the time, of course, but of more interest to fleets is the availability of chargers in places where their cars are being used. Just the addition of a few extra points in specific areas can make all the different to the viability of EVs.”

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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.