As often reported here; business vehicle and rental fleets are a key part of taking EVs to the mass market – not only are fleets a bigger win in terms of the number of vehicles covered per transaction, but they also influence the market in other ways:
1) Fleet operators and businesses that offer company lease vehicles to staff, are an obvious target for expanding charge networks: charge points at the work-place is a key part of the strategy in most countries to encourage adoption of plug-in vehicles. It makes sense for many business to reduce fuel costs long term, through a short-term investment in charge hardware that can be off-set as a capital expenditure. Installing charge points at employees homes is another possibility, and would be considered an employee benefit for many staff.
2) Pragmatism: with the right information in front of them; Businesses tend to be more likely to recognise cost savings, and act by incorporating vehicles in to their fleets that reduce longer-term operating costs, because businesses are focussed on the bottom line: Businesses are more likely to invest short term than many than consumers who might find it harder, or less-attractive to spend more at the (more…)