The important role of fuel cards should continue as more fleets transition from diesel vehicles to electric vehicles.
That is the view of Cornwall Insight in its latest analysis in its quarterly review of the fleet vehicle transition towards electric vehicles.
Charged Up: Future Fleet suggests that the role of the payment service used through fuel cards should be examined for electric vehicles, while also saying standardised payment provision needs to be implemented immediately.
With the government’s decarbonisation targets coming into ever sharper focus, given that there is a commitment to end the sale of new petrol and diesel HGVs by 2040, the use of fuel cards in the future is important.
Currently, the fleet industry uses these as a method of payment at fuel stations, so that companies can be directly invoiced.
The concern is that the cards will be phased out as businesses start to adopt electric vehicles.
However, when petrol and diesel is phased out in the fleet industry, there will be a need to replace these with payment methods for electricity at a charge point.
Currently, a fuel card for this purpose does not exist.
But if the government’s proposals are to be brought into widespread use in the future, a payment card will be required.
Tom Lusher is an Analyst at Cornwall Insight.
He said: “The issue of lack of standard payment methods for electric vehicle charging was recognised in the Electric Vehicle Bill and without universal payment methods, this will quickly become an administrative headache for fleet managers.
“The most obvious way for fleets to pay at charge points would be to use the same fuel card system they have now.
“Not only will fleet managers already know how to use the system, but the familiarity will allow fleets to transition to electric vehicles far more quickly.”