It’s evident that a clearer strategy is needed to improve air quality as the UK is one of just five countries in the EU persistently breaching unsafe and illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide.
The shift to electric vehicles and hybrids is already happening but this is a costly, long transition period and petrol and diesel engines will continue to dominate. We need to question if setting a deadline to remove petrol and diesel vehicles is the wisest course of action to take.
Rather than to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles, would it not make more sense to phase out older, less fuel efficient cars and vans first? Manufacturing processes are making vehicles cleaner and we shouldn’t prevent progress from being made.
We need a joined up approach and common sense in planning. The first step is to move towards plug-in hybrids, which companies such as Volvo have pledged to do from 2019, before we can sanction a date for an outright ban on vehicles which aren’t fully electric.
Sergio Barata, GM EMEA at Telogis
“Plans to ban production of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 will have wide reaching implications across the British fleets. For organisations that rely on commercial fleets, preparations for the transition to an electric fleet must begin now. This starts with putting money aside to replace vehicles with traditional engines. One way to find this money is to use a mobile resource management solution. This helps drive significant cost savings through the likes of efficient route planning, which can reduce mileage by up to 20% and driver hours by almost a quarter, and by reducing vehicle idle time to reduce wasted fuel. All these savings will combine help to make a more profitable business and ensure they are set up for success with an electric fleet.
“Developing solutions for the electric commercial vehicle market has been a key goal for some time. In our OEM partnership with Nissan, we’re already supporting its electrical vehicle (EV) LEAF and e-NV200 ranges with NissanConnect Fleet, a solution for connecting the mobile workforce with the wider business to drive operational efficiency gains. Electric commercial fleets will quickly become more commonplace and we’re committed to supplying a robust mobile telematics programme to support business needs now and in the future.”