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How to change your company vehicles to a green fleet

Feb 4, 2020

With the government looking to accelerate the ban of diesel and petrol cars, many businesses are looking to change their fleet to plugin-hybrids (often referred to as PHEV) or to take it to the next level up with a 100% electric car. With the industry rapidly changing, your employees may still be concerned about the pros and cons of EVs. CVSL want to help make the switch as simple and easy as possible. Tony Poole, Director of CVSL Electric Car Van Leasing answers all your questions on how to operate an electric fleet for your company.

Do I need to worry that my employees can’t charge their vehicle whilst they are out and about?
If you are not a EV motorist at present, you may not be aware of how many charging points there are around the UK, at present there are over 17,000 chargers around 10,000 locations. Over the next few years the number is anticipated to grow, the Government last year announced a £400m fund for green infrastructure.

Do employees need to charge their vehicles at home?
With the network of electric charging points rapidly growing employees can charge their vehicle at public charging points and/or offices, to give your batteries a boost if needed. If you are looking to install a charging point at your office, CVSL Electric Car Van Leasing has partnered with Rolec, the market leader in home and officer vehicle chargers.

Why should you make you fleet electric?
There are many good reasons to make your fleet electric, not only the tax benefits and avoiding to pay ULEZ (Ulta Low Emission Zone Charge) in central London –and other cities being rolled out, but also the increasing demand from the public for companies to become more environmentally friendly.

Are electric vehicles and/or plug-in vehicles more expensive to run?
Whilst the purchase of an electric vehicle may be higher than a traditional fuel vehicle which will be reflected in the monthly rental of your lease, in the long run it will save you money on the ever rising cost of fuel at the pump. Hitachi Capital has suggested that businesses could save up to £13.7 billion a year in fuel expenses. Electric vehicles are also cheaper to services as there are fewer components.

You may also wonder where the batteries end up? They are usually recycled into other metal products.

How fast can an electric vehicle go?
They can go very fast (we advocate safe driving at CVSL!), the instant torque provided by the electric motors can send them from 0 to 60mph in under 3 seconds. You also don’t need to switch gears as they don’t have a traditional gearbox. For your safety they can’t exceed over 100mph.

Are electric vehicles reliable?
You can certainly depend on an electric vehicle, as much as a petrol or diesel powered vehicle, more so they fewer moving parts, meaning that there is less likely to be any faults.

Do I need to worry about the driving range of electric vehicles?
Dependent on the car, typically electric cars can travel between 50 and 80 miles on a single charge. However, the technology is improving all the time and driving ranges are in fact, the Tesla electric sports car, the model S can get up to 300 miles on a single charge!

If you are looking to make the switch in 2020 to an electric vehicle get in touch today!