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The Rise of Electric Vehicles: A Guide for Business Owners

The UK's automotive landscape is undergoing a significant transformation. Electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer a distant dream but a present reality, with their popularity skyrocketing in recent years. If you're a business owner considering the integration of EVs into your fleet, this is for you.

A Snapshot of EV Growth in the UK

  • In 2022, the UK added over 267,000 pure-electric cars, a stark contrast to the mere 3,500 in 2013.

  • Plug-in vehicles, encompassing pure-electric and PHEVs, reached a staggering 1,385,000 by August 2023.

  • The number of electric vans as a proportion of all new vans increased from 3.6% in 2021 to 5.9% in 2022. We only expect this percentage to increase as we move further into 2023.

Considering EVs for Your Fleet? Here's What You Need to Know:

Charging Infrastructure

  • Off-street Parking: Ideal for overnight charging, the most common method. If unavailable, avoid trailing cables across public areas.

  • On-street Parking: Government funding allows for the installation of public on-street charge points near residences.

  • On-the-go Charging: Utilise charging points at customer premises or other locations.

Understanding EV Range

  • Range varies widely, from 80 to over 350 miles on a full charge. Factors like vehicle type, driving efficiency, speed, payload, and heating/cooling methods can influence this.

  • Battery technology is advancing rapidly, leading to increased driving ranges.

  • Typical ranges:

    • Pure electric vehicle: 100-370 miles

    • Plug-in hybrid: Electric-only range of 10-30 miles; total range over 500 miles with petrol or diesel engine.

    • Range extended: 150 miles on electric-only power, plus 80-90 miles with petrol or diesel engine.

Charging Speeds and Types

  • Rapid Chargers: The fastest, often found near main routes. Can recharge some EVs to 80% in just 20 minutes.

  • Fast and Slow Chargers: Vary in power outputs and charging speeds.

  • Power is measured in kilowatts (kW), with each charger type having specific connectors for AC or DC charging.

Regenerative Braking:

  • Traditional braking wastes energy through heat and wear. Regenerative braking captures this energy to recharge EV batteries.

  • The sensation varies across models. Some cars allow customisation of regenerative braking intensity.

  • Proper use can significantly extend vehicle range.

Journey Planning

  • Utilise intuitive apps and on-board navigation services for efficient journey planning.

  • These tools consider your vehicle's current range and suggest charging points along your route.

In Conclusion

The shift towards electric vehicles is not just an environmental imperative but also a strategic business move. As technology advances and infrastructure expands, EVs are becoming an increasingly viable option for businesses. By understanding the nuances of EV operation and leveraging available resources, business owners can seamlessly integrate them into their operations and drive towards a greener future.


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