Rapid increase in plug-in fleets promised

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Author: | Updated: 16 Jul 2018 17:31

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has launched a Plug-in Pledge scheme that’s aimed at increasing its combined plug-in vehicle fleet size from 50,000 to 720,000 by 2025.

BVRLA has pledged to steer fleets towards low-emission vehicles.

According to the BVRLA, vehicle rental and leasing companies will be buying 300,000 plug-in vehicles per year by then, representing an increase in the industry’s share of annual new plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicle registrations from 36% to 60%.

The BVRLA’s pledge comes a week after the government reaffirmed its commitment to increase the number of EVs and hybrids through its Road to Zero strategy, which aims for 50-70% of new car sales to be ultra-low emission by 2030.

To ensure that it can achieve its ambitions, the BVRLA is calling on the government to:

  • Bring forward plug-in company car tax incentives now and not in 2020
  • Provide a five-year commitment on plug-in vehicle incentives
  • Offer more infrastructure support for businesses looking to deploy large plug-in fleets

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “Over the last two decades, the fleet industry has embraced the introduction of emissions-based motoring taxes and used the incentives they provide to deliver a sustained and substantial reduction in CO2 emissions.

“Fleets are ready to make a large-scale transition to zero-emission motoring, providing that the government can match their ambition with a supportive tax regime and more help with charging infrastructure.”

By 2025, vehicle rental and leasing companies will be buying 300,000 plug-in vehicles per year.

The BVRLA’s ‘Plug-in Pledge’ will be launched at a Parliamentary Reception in the House of Commons on Monday 16 July, to an audience of BVRLA members, vehicle manufacturers, sustainable transport stakeholders, government officials and supportive MPs.

Responding to the BVRLA, transport minister Jesse Norman said: “The coming decades are expected to be transformative for our motor industry, our national infrastructure and the way we travel.

“The government has shown through the Road to Zero Strategy that setting clear ambitions for industry and consumers is key to bringing about this change.”

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