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Poor knowledge and cost biggest barriers for EVs, claim Alphabet

By Kyle Linsay
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:00

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BARRIER: Fleets reluctant to go electric

Poor knowledge levels and perceived high costs are the biggest barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) within company fleets, Alphabet have claimed.

Consultations undertaken with customers have allowed the mobility company to highlight the key questions and concerns surrounding EVs.

Top was the issue of poor understanding of plugged-in vehicles, while the company’s latest Fleet Management Report highlighted cost as an issue for 52%.

Kit Wisdom, Mobility Solutions Manager at Alphabet, said: “As with all new technologies, there is reluctance among businesses to be the first to take the risk, with the majority of organisations looking to understand what others are doing before taking the plunge themselves.

“Indeed, for EV adoption rates to rise, the industry needs to truly demonstrate the benefits of EVs in action, while acknowledging that they are only one part of the total mobility mix.”

Alphabet’s customers highlighted a number of practical concerns around driver incentives and vehicle reallocation, as well as training and driver behaviour.

In addition, it was recognised that there is a lack of understanding among fleet managers and company drivers of the different vehicle and charging technologies available.

“For electric vehicles and other low carbon transport methods to achieve mainstream adoption, it is important for both the financial and suitability arguments to stack up,” added Mr Wisdom.

“As such, it is important that fleet managers are able to get hold of all of the facts to make informed decisions about if and how electric vehicles will fit into their wider business mobility planning.”

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