“No signs” of EV strategy at 63% of local authorities

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association has claimed 40% of local authorities in the UK are yet to engage with the fleet sector when considering EV charging.

The results, part of the association’s new Fleet Friendly Charging Index, also revealed nearly two-thirds (63%) of authorities are yet to publish an EV strategy. 

The BVRLA Fleet Friendly Charging Index, launched today, (15 March) highlights the scale of the challenge for fleets alongside an updated Fleet Charging Guide. At a House of Commons event, association and senior industry stakeholders met with MPs, who heard about the role that fleets play in bringing electric vehicles to UK roads, as well as barriers from the current charging infrastructure. The event also showed MPs how their constituency ranks at a national level and saw them pledge to support the roll-out of a suitable EV infrastructure. 

The Fleet Friendly Charging Index features an interactive map to show the progress of each authority, as well as contact details for the local decision makers. 

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA Chief Executive, said: “The fleet sector is pulling the nation forward on its drive to decarbonise, but charging infrastructure is failing to keep up. Local Authorities have the power to make a real difference and we want to help them help fleets. 

“Armed with our Fleet Charging Guide, we are supercharging our engagement on this topic. Conversations are taking place with decision makers the length and breadth of the country. The Index shows where the most collaboration is needed, and we are fully equipped to share the insights that will shape a fleet friendly network from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.” 

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