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Cornwall Insight research reveals EVs are "viable alternative" for fleet sector
Cornwall Insight research reveals EVs are "viable alternative" for fleet sector

Cornwall Insight research reveals EVs are “viable alternative” for fleet sector

New research from Cornwall Insight highlights the changing nature of range on electric vehicles available in the UK market.

The organisation, which specialises in research and analysis on business trends, has revealed results that could be a way in which purchasing patterns for companies within transport change.

According to Cornwall Insight, the perception that the range of electric vehicles is low is an incorrect one; rather, the average range of electric vehicles available on the UK market has now exceeded 200 miles.

Data from the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure has compared the range of electric cars and vans by vehicle class against the year in which those vehicles were released.

It reveals a number of vans, MPVs and other important vehicles in the fleet market can get much greater range of travelling than was previously thought.

This marries up to recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), whose latest research shows plug-in car fleet ownership increased by more than three quarters in the last year.

More widespread use of alternatively-fuelled vehicles also serves a greater purpose: reducing harmful emissions on Britain’s roads.

The government and a whole host of local authorities are trying to reduce their emissions, be this through introducing specific zones or funding for fleets to change their habits.

Tom Lusher, an analyst at Cornwall Insight, believes range anxiety has been a huge barrier, especially for fleets, but because the mileage is improving, electric vehicles are now a “viable alternative.”

He said: “Range anxiety is one of the key barriers to electric vehicle adoption.

“The fleet industry represents a large proportion of the transport industry and the mileage issue has dulled uptake.

“However, as overall mileage of electric vehicles are improving, we are now approaching the point where electric vehicles will make a viable alternative to petrol or diesel.”

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