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Make fleets a priority: BVRLA response to EV Infrastructure Strategy

The BVRLA has welcomed the Government’s new EV Infrastructure Strategy, which addresses many of the key concerns facing charge point users. The strategy will deliver a better, more reliable experience for people and businesses that charge at home or rely on public charge points and will help underpin the seismic shift to zero emission road transport. The BVRLA and its members would like to see a similarly comprehensive approach taken in addressing the infrastructure needs of fleets, particularly those that operate commercial vehicles.

Commenting on the launch of the strategy, BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney, said:
“This strategy is a major step forward that will give greater confidence to the millions of road users that need to make the switch to electric over the next decade. The recognition for the mix of different charging solutions is crucial. It is not simply about having more chargers, we need the right solutions, placed strategically to be accessible to all drivers.

“We know that Government and officials are keen to learn about and support fleets with their infrastructure challenges. As a sector that buys and operates more than 50% of EVs in the UK, we would like to see these priorities acknowledged, with more consideration given to appropriate support and interventions.

“The BVRLA’s Fleet Charging Guide was launched last month and highlights a number of the gaps left by the EV Infrastructure Strategy. We have particular concerns around charge point accessibility for commercial vehicles and believe that the Government needs to start planning for HGV-compatible infrastructure as soon as possible.”

As the trade body for the vehicle rental, leasing and mobility services sector, the BVRLA’s members own and operate around four million vehicles in the UK. The sector already accounts for the majority of battery electric vehicle registrations, with BVRLA members responsible for around half of new vehicles sold in the UK each year.

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