Electric forecourts make EV take up “more likely”

Research by fleet firm Venson Automotive Solutions claims 68% of drivers would be more likely to switch to an EV if there are more electric forecourts.

The news follows the launch of the UK’s first electric forecourt, Shell’s strategy to deliver new EV charging infrastructure and, most crucially, large-scale forecourt operator MFG’s plans to roll-out £400m-worth of rapid chargers.

A recent survey from Venson Automotive Solutions confirmed that two-thirds of drivers would be more likely to make the switch to an EV if they knew they could conduct a rapid 30-minute charge at an electric forecourt rather than the inconvenience of charging their vehicle at home.

Additionally, the survey also found that 63% of respondents to its survey said they would like to see more investment in public charging points, in order to allow for the transition to electric vehicles to be realised.

The study also confirmed that company car drivers were eager to get behind an EV with one in four calling for the government to introduce new legislation to encourage businesses to move to fully electric company cars and commercial vehicles within the next five years.

Alison Bell, Marketing Director at Venson Automotive Solutions said: “This new style of forecourt, with rapid charging points and excellent amenities on site, are a glimpse into the future of sustainable travel for both consumer and commercial drivers.

“Alongside convenience stores, high-tech play areas and exercise bikes for visitors to enjoy, the new latest forecourt features comfortable ‘office pods’ to allow company car drivers to stay connected, have meetings and generally avoid down time while their vehicle charges. ” 

“The expansion of the UK’s national charging network, ever-improving battery performance and the falling cost of EVs are helping to make the technology an increasingly popular choice for fleets.”

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