The majority of the UK’s van operators will make the move to the electric vehicle market this year.
This is according to the 2019 Logistics Report, launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) in association with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking.
Opinions for the FTA’s report came from in excess of 500 freight and logistics businesses currently operating in the UK and internationally, in order to gain industry insight into the latest political and economic developments.
And it revealed that 71.4% of van operators intend to use electric vehicles before the end of 2019; the report also found a further 24% of van operators plan to use range-extended vehicles in their fleet.
In addition, 41% of operators have signalled their intention to use plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, while 7% say they will use vehicles fuelled by hydrogen.
This is a significant development; given the need to reduce emissions and the pressure placed on the fleet market to do so, the intention is encouraging.
Cities such as London have an emissions standard that has to be met by vehicles if charges are to be avoided.
This puts pressure on van operators; London has introduced a scrappage scheme to encourage van fleet owners to use cleaner vehicles.
However, the FTA’s Policy Manager for Vans and Urban, Denise Beedell, has called on the government to reward the intentions of van operators by increasing investment into electric vehicle affordability.
This will guarantee the move towards electric vehicles is quicker and more efficient.
She said: “FTA and its members are fully committed to reducing their carbon emissions wherever possible; we are not surprised, therefore, that so many intend to use electric vehicles in their van fleets but they will need assistance from government to be able to do so.
“By providing clear guidance on how it plans to upgrade the grid infrastructure – without all the costs falling on individual businesses – legislators would make the shift to electric an attractive option for companies of all sizes and shapes.”